Chocolate - to your Health
Cocoa is one of the most antioxidant-rich foods available due to its high flavonoid content. Flavonoids are believed to have a protective effect on blood vessels by reducing atherosclerosis, bad cholesterol and platelet aggregation, all of which are risk factors for cardiovascular disease.
Cocoa may also help enhance blood vessel elasticity, an important factor in the prevention of heart disease. Furthermore, it is thought to possess antioxidant capabilities that are 2 to 3 times greater than green tea and twice as high as wine.
When it comes to chocolate, the higher the percentage of cocoa, the greater its level of antioxidants, so the better it is for your health. That is why experts recommend eating chocolate with a cocoa content of at least 70 percent.
So this Valentine’s Day, think heart health and give your loved ones dark chocolate!