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The Health Benefits of Organic Raw Chocolate

The Health Benefits of Organic Raw Chocolate

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The Health Benefits of Organic Raw Chocolate


(OrganicJar) Chocolate is a healthy superfood that is bursting with antioxidants. Additionally, it benefits your heart, helps increase alertness and improves mood – all with very little caffeine. However, to reap the health benefits, you have to choose the right chocolate: chocolate that is pure, 100% organically grown, and minimally processed.

Rich in Nutrients

In its natural state chocolate is bursting with antioxidants to fight radicals, even more than fruit, vegetables, tea or wine!
Chocolate supplies micronutrients, such as potassium, zinc, magnesium and iron, and is one of the richest food source of antioxidants that neutralize free radicals – rogue oxygen molecules that can accelerate aging and cause numerous health problems.

Dark Chocolate Lowers Blood Pressure

Chocolate aids in relaxation of blood vessels so your blood easily travels where it needs to.

According to Dr. Dirk Taubert, MD, Ph.D, and his colleagues at the University of Cologne, Germany, dark chocolate — not white chocolate — can lower high blood pressure. Taubert’s study involved six men and seven women aged 55-64 who had been diagnosed with mild high blood pressure — on average, systolic blood pressure (the top number) of 153 and diastolic blood pressure (the bottom number) of 84. Every day for two weeks, they ate a 100-gram candy bar and were asked to balance its 480 calories by not eating other foods similar in nutrients and calories. Half the patients got dark chocolate and half got white chocolate. Those who ate dark chocolate had a significant drop in blood pressure (by an average of 5 points for systolic and an average of 2 points for diastolic blood pressure). Those who ate white chocolate did not.

Heart Protection

Another study compared how blood platelets responded to a flavonol-rich cocoa drink with 25 grams of semi-sweet chocolate pieces and a blood-thinning, 81-milligram aspirin dose. The research found similar reactions to the two from a group of 20- to 40-year-olds: both the drink and the aspirin prevented platelets from sticking together or clotting, which can impede blood flow. In conclusion, flavonol-rich cocoa and chocolate act similarly to low-dose aspirin in promoting healthy blood flow. Reducing the blood’s ability to clot also reduces the risk of stroke and heart attacks.

Antioxidants in Dark Chocolate

Cornell University food scientists found that cocoa has nearly twice the antioxidants of red wine and up to three times those found in green tea. Antioxidants are substances that inhibit oxidation or reactions promoted by oxygen and peroxides, and that include many held to protect the living body from the deleterious effects of free radicals. Examples include beta-carotene, vitamin C, and alpha-tocopherol. A 40-gram serving of milk chocolate contains about 400 milligrams of antioxidants, the same as a glass of red wine, according to research published by Joe A. Vinson of the University of Scranton, Pa.

• Ref.: Vinson JA, Proch J, Zubik L. Phenol antioxidant quantity and quality in foods: cocoa, dark chocolate, and milk chocolate J Agric Food Chem. 1999 Dec;47(12):4821-4.

Dark chocolate has more than 13,000 ORAC units and milk chocolate has about 6,700, according to the Chocolate Manufacturers Association in McLean, Va. Unsweetened powdered cocoa starts out with almost twice as much antioxidants as dark chocolate, but when it’s diluted with water or milk and sugar to make hot chocolate, the flavonoid total per serving plummets to about half that in milk chocolate.

• Ref.: Miraglio A, Chocolate’s Potential for Health Benefits Nutrition Notes May 2001

Serafini’s study: Serafini’s included seven healthy women and five healthy men aged 25-35. On different days they each ate 100 grams of dark chocolate by itself, 100 grams of dark chocolate with a small glass of whole milk, or 200 grams of milk chocolate. An hour later, those who ate dark chocolate alone had the most total antioxidants in their blood; and they had higher levels of epicatechin, a particularly healthy compound found in chocolate. The milk chocolate eaters had the lowest epicatechin levels of all.
Longevity: Fesearchers from the Harvard School of Public Health found that those who eat chocolate and sweets up to three times each month live almost a year longer than those who eat too much or those who steer clear of junk altogether.

• Ref. Lee IM, Paffenbarger R Life is sweet: candy consumption and longevity BMJ 1998; 317: 1683-1684.

Important Information on Chocolate

  • Dark chocolate is higher in flavonoids than milk chocolate. The way that cocoa powder and chocolate syrups are manufactured removes most flavonoids. Raw, organic cocoa and chocolate only offer the health benefits listed above.
  • Choose rich, 100% organic chocolate and cocoa. Milk may interfere with the absorption of antioxidants from chocolate and may therefore negate the potential health benefits that can be derived from eating moderate amounts of dark chocolate. Therefore, choose dark chocolate and enjoy it in moderation.
  • Chocolate Recipe Substitution: When a recipe calls for chocolate, use dark chocolate (usually less sugar) or even better cocoa powder. To substitute 1 oz of unsweetened chocolate, use 3 Tbsp of dry cocoa + 2 Tbsp of sugar + 1 Tbsp of vegetable oil.

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  1. Hey, this is a great article–very informative. It’s too bad that so many people don’t know about the terrific health benefits of chocolate. If they did they might be more inclined to purchase the higher end dark chocolate bar over the preservatives, GMO-filled, fatty Snickers bar. We here at Endangered Species Chocolate are constantly trying to educate people on the health benefits of dark chocolate, and love to see it when others are doing the same. Jason, we salute your passion for healthy organic food and the fact that you are actively spreading the word about how great it is. Now, for a little shameless self-promotion…Endangered Species Chocolate is 100% ethically traded, which mean we do more than simply pay a fair market price for our cocoa, but are actively working to improve the lives of our cocoa farmers and their families. We do this by installing water pumps and filtration systems as well as donating school and medical supplies. Additionally, we donate 10% of our annual net profits to charities who support species, habitat and humanity. This year we have teamed up with the African Wildlife Federation and the Ocean Conservancy.
    Alright, enough with that. Jason, we admire your work and hope you continue to make a difference. The world needs more people out there believing in organic and all-natural foods. If we don’t take a stand we will eventually be over run with GMO-filled foods. If you would like more information about Endangered Species Chocolate’s mission or our premium chocolate products please visit us online at http://www.chocolatebar.com or email us at community@chocolatebar.com. As always…Savor Chocolate. Save Our Planet.

    Kyle
    Endangered Species Chocolate

  2. Interesting article. The only thing I don’t understand is why they bothered with white chocolate since white chocolate isn’t chocolate at all. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/White_chocolate
    What brand(s) of organic chocolate do you purchase?

  3. Jason,
    great article! In particular I try to go with the higher cacao and lower sugar bars. Even better are ones that are sweetened with Agave, so that you can avoid refined sugar altogether, as well as chemical sweeteners. One to try is by Gnossis. It’s there Simplicity Bar–organic like their whole line, but sweetened with Agave (others are sweetened with Honey, also great!) so it’s also Vegan.
    Go to http://www.savorique to check it out.
    Paula

  4. I love the it Raw Chocolate is the best.

  5. I love taking a banana and dipping into raw cacao chunks!

  6. Great information and great site, I have added this to my favorites!

  7. This looks so tasty! Thanks a bunch for the great tips.

  8. Dark chocolate is my favorite kind of chocolate. Chocolates have some natural antioxidants too.*-,

  9. my favorite is always Dark Chocolate, i do not like Milk Chocolate coz it is too sweet for my taste

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  12. Our bodies benefit from the vitamins and minerals found in foods known to be rich in antioxidants such as oranges, dark chocolate and red wine. We’ve all been led to believe that if we eat these foods and other foods like them, we’ll receive tremendous antioxidant rewards. But you can’t necessarily eat your way to excellent health. Surprisingly, scientific studies show that your body can’t possibly ingest enough antioxidants to eliminate the number of free radicals your body makes every day. You would need to eat ridiculous amounts of foods rich in antioxidants (32 pounds of strawberries, 31 pounds of raspberries, 15 pounds of dark chocolate per day for example), to achieve the antioxidant power you get from one Protandim caplet each day. When you take Protandim, you trigger what your body already knows how to do, only better. You ‘tell’ your body to increase production of its own two antioxidant enzymes, which helps prevent free radical damage to your cells thousands of times more effectively than any conventional antioxidant therapy. Healthier cells mean a healthier immune system, and decreased chance of disease as you age.

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