Thursday, January 15, 2015

We Know It's Delicious, But What Are the Health Benefits of Chocolate?

We Know It's Delicious, But What Are the Health Benefits of Chocolate?  Research is steadily pointing to the beautiful truth that chocolate, loved by so many, actually has some pretty great health benefits for you! Does this mean, you should move in to your local bakery? Likely not, but it does mean that when you are ready to indulge, you can do so with a lot less guilt!
We Know It's Delicious, But What Are the Health Benefits of Chocolate?  
Chocolate has gotten a lot of media coverage in recent years because it's believed that it may help protect your cardiovascular system. The reasoning being that the cocoa bean is rich in a class of plant nutrients called flavonoids.
Flavonoids help protect plants from environmental toxins and help repair damage. They can be found in a variety of foods, such as fruits and vegetables. When we eat foods rich in flavonoids, it appears that we also benefit from this "antioxidant" power.
Antioxidants are believed to help the body's cells resist damage caused by free radicals that are formed by normal bodily processes, such as breathing, and from environmental contaminants, like cigarette smoke. If your body does not have enough antioxidants to combat the amount of oxidation that occurs, it can become damaged by free radicals. For example, an increase in oxidation can cause low-density lipoprotein (LDL), also known as "bad" cholesterol, to form plaque on the artery walls.
Flavanols are the main type of flavonoid found in cocoa and chocolate. In addition to having antioxidant qualities, research shows that flavanols have other potential influences on vascular health, such as lowering blood pressure, improving blood flow to the brain and heart, and making blood platelets less sticky and able to clot.
You've got to admit, that's pretty good news!  Our advice to you? Be sure to follow a balanced diet, complete with ample servings of fruits and green leafy vegetables, and finish it off with a serving of anti-oxidant rich dark chocolate. 
And when you're ready for a little more indulgence, order your very own custom made cake for your special event, birthday or wedding from Ontario Bakery. We know delicious and do it very well! 

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