Is chocolate a heart-healthy food?



Think of Your Heart chronicles by , February 3, 2014 - 14:45

Dark chocolate containing at least 70% cacao has more antioxidants (flavonoids) and less sugar than other varieties. Research shows that eating foods containing flavonoids can help to prevent heart disease, high blood pressure and type 2 diabetes.

In a perfect world, the ingredient list on a bar of high-quality chocolate would be limited to cacao solids, cocoa butter, sugar, traces of lecithin (an emulsifier) and natural flavours.

"Despite its high fat content, dark chocolate is heart healthy."

If you look at the nutrition label, you’ll notice that dark chocolate is high in fat, particularly saturated fat (from the cocoa butter). However, this fat is mostly stearic acid, which, unlike other saturated fats, does not appear to raise bad cholesterol (LDL).

Despite its benefits, dark chocolate should still be eaten sparingly since it is very high in calories due to its fat content.

Remember: All things in moderation!

With the cooperation of Élise Latour, nutritionist.

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