Keep your heart healthy with dark chocolates

By Author   |   Published: 13th Sep 2017   10:19 pm
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Dark chocolate nowadays is popularly known as one of the best super foods. If you nibble dark chocolate to satisfy a craving, you are also helping your heart with every bite, say experts.

Sonia Narang, wellness and nutrition expert, Oriflame India and Meher Rajput, nutritionists and dietician, Fitpass, share how dark chocolates can be healthy too.

* Dark chocolate is also pre-loaded with decent amounts of soluble fibre and potential minerals. It contains Oleic acid, Stearic acid and Palmitic acid.

* Loaded with organic compounds which are biologically active, dark chocolate can help lower blood pressure and improve the flow of blood in your body. It greatly helps in decreasing the levels of oxidised LDL Cholesterol in men.

* Eating dark chocolate (which has 65 per cent polyphenol-rich cocoa) helps to lower blood pressure naturally.

* Flavanols found in dark chocolate help in improving your heart’s health by lowering blood pressure and refining the flow of blood to the heart as well as to the brain. They also help in reducing the risk of cancer.

* Dark chocolate also reduces the level of insulin resistance, which is a very common factor behind the birth of diseases like diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and other heart ailments.

* Dark chocolate also has high concentration of an alkaloid called theobromine which has stimulant properties and relaxing effects. It can dilate the blood vessels.