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Healthy Chocolate – What is the Best Dose?

December 26, 2012

That is a great question. It was posed to Paul Jaminet, a scientist and health journalist of The Perfect Health Diet web site.

His answer? ” ‘Dose-response data’ might not be strong enough to define an RDA (Recommended Daily Allowance), but I’m going to take a stand: An intake of 35 g/day of 70% or higher is healthy.”

Jaminet’s conclusion is based on a look at data from studies that have been done around the world on how organic cacao, eaten as dark chocolate of 70% or higher, affects the body.

While chocolate has not yet been recognized as an essential nutrient – yet – it is becoming more and more certain that organic cacao has some definite health benefits. Thus, a number of nutritionists are starting to list chocolate, if not as “essential,” then at least as an important “supplementary” food that should be consumed regularly.

In numerous studies a “chocolate deficiency” is actually noted as a precursor to cardiovascular disease. In other words, eating dark chocolate has been associated in studies with a 29% reduction in strokes, and a 37% reduction in overall cardiovascular disease.

Research is also showing that chocolate can actually help to reduce the on-set of diabetes. The results of a famous Japanese study found that the rate of diabetes was reduced by 30% in those who consume the most chocolate.

The question here, of course, is what about the sugar in chocolate bars. Keep in mind that the higher the percentage of cacao, the lower is the amount of sugar.

It looks as though more and more scientific information is supporting the conclusion that a daily “dose” of organic cacao, as dark chocolate 70% or higher, or as a delicious healthy chocolate drink such as Mayesa,  should be part of your healthy lifestyle, along with your vitamins, minerals, and other health supplements.

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