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Raw Chocolate: A Healthy Indulgence


Known as the “food of the gods,” chocolate is a delicious treat that also nourishes well being. A growing body of scientific evidence published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition and the Journal of the American Medical  Association describes chocolate’s heart-healthy and mood-enhancing phytochemicalsas beneficial to both body and mind.
Chocolate is particularly rich in polyphenols, antioxidants also found in green tea and red wine that protect against coronary disease, and theobromine, which raises energy levels and hardens tooth enamel. Studies indicate that consuming a small amount of dark chocolate daily can help lower blood pressure in people suffering from mild hypertension. The dark delight also boosts brain levels of the feel-good hormone serotonin and contains phenethylamine, which triggers the release of pleasurable endorphins.
Chocolate’s bountiful health benefits are squandered, however, when added fats, sugars and artificial ingredients are added. “Raw chocolate that is sugar-free tastes delicious and is good for you,” advises Kathy McGuinn, a registered nurse and the co-founder of Sinless Raw Food, which specializes in raw, organic, vegan chocolate. “There are more antioxidants in a two-ounce bar than in 30 cups of blueberries or spinach!”
McGuinn notes that her company uses the all-natural, plant-derived sweetener erythritol, so their chocolate can also be enjoyed by diabetics.
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