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Sweet Truths for Your Sweet Tooth: Top Five Facts About the Heart Healthiness of Dark Chocolate

February 8, 2015

KONICA MINOLTA DIGITAL CAMERAChocolate is on the mind of many Americans this time of year. Not only is Valentine’s Day right around the corner, but February is also National Heart Health Month. Dark Chocolate, in particular, can help protect your cardiovascular system and promote heart health. Who knew that something so delicious could be so good for you? Here are five facts about the heart health benefits of Dark Chocolate:

1. Dark Chocolate is an Antioxidant Powerhouse
Dark chocolate contains flavonoids, a class of plant nutrients that help protect plants from environmental toxins and help repair any damage that might occur from exposure to these toxins. Studies have shown that when we eat foods that are rich in flavonoids, we reap the rewards of their protective antioxidant powers. Antioxidants help our cells resist the damage caused by free radicals that are formed from our natural bodily processes, as well as from environmental contaminants. That means dark chocolate can act as an anti-aging agent by fighting off free radicals that cause damage to your skin and health.

2. Dark Chocolate is Sweet on the Heart
Flavonols are the main type of flavonoid that is found in cacao, the purest form of dark chocolate. Flavanols not only have antioxidant qualities, but research has shown that they also help to lower blood pressure and cholesterol, improve blood flow to the heart and brain and decrease the risk of blood clots.

3. Dark Chocolate is a Good Source of Brain Food
Dark chocolate has been linked to improving cognitive brain function. In addition to keeping your brain firing on all cylinders, dark chocolate also releases endorphins, which we all know makes us happy.

4. Dark Chocolate Contains Good Fat
One-third of the fat in chocolate is made up of oleic acid, a heart-healthy monounsaturated fat that is also found in olive oil. Studies have shown that consuming this fat in moderation has benefits to the heart and cardiovascular system.

5. Not All Dark Chocolate is Created Equal
While heart health experts agree that dark chocolate is a much better choice than milk chocolate, that doesn’t mean you can reach for a candy that contains “extras” such as caramel or nougat. Stick to products like Mayesa that contain cacao and other natural ingredients. Your heart and waistline will thank you!

To learn more about Mayesa and where you can buy this great-tasting and healthy Dark Chocolate Drink for your Valentine this February, visit our store locator page. Or you can order online and take advantage of our Free Shipping offer now through February 15th!

Happy Valentine’s Day from the Mayesa family to yours!

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