Chocolate's Secret Healthy Minerals
Chocolate is one of the most popular guilty pleasures on the planet and it's a great way to enjoy one of life's luxuries. The mission of ChocoPerfection is to make delicious, sugar-free chocolate that provides the health benefits of chocolate without the dastardly effects of sugar or toxic artificial sweeteners. One look at the full mineral analysis of a 50g ChocoPerfection dark bar reveals a list of secret health benefits.
You might not be able to survive on chocolate alone, but if "thy food be thy medicine" then keeping chocolate in your diet is a very good medical decision!
Magnesium is especially important to diabetics.
The ChocoPerfection dark 50g bar contains 20% Daily Value of Magnesium.
Chocolate is an excellent source of magnesium. Although magnesium is absolutely crucial for good health, it is especially beneficial to people with diabetes due to its ability to reduce the risk of impaired glucose and insulin metabolism.
Magnesium is required to activate the enzyme tyrosine kinase, which acts as an "on/off" switch in many cellular functions, including insulin receptors. Essentially, magnesium reduces insulin resistance and helps achieve consistent blood sugar levels. In fact, a 2013 ADA study found that higher magnesium intake alone significantly slowed the progression from pre-diabetes to diabetes in middle-aged Americans!
Unfortunately, people with diabetes are more likely than the general population to be magnesium deficient. Elevated blood glucose levels increase the amount of magnesium that is excreted in the urine, which in turn creates a tough feedback loop, since magnesium helps control glucose. People with diabetes should strongly consider taking magnesium supplements; but the most successful way to absorb magnesium is by consuming food that naturally contains magnesium. Just one more reason to enjoy your magnesium-rich ChocoPerfection bars with 20% daily value of magnesium in one 50g bar.
Iron, Manganese, Copper and Zinc
The ChocoPerfection dark 50g bar contains 40% daily value of iron, 27% daily value of manganese, 30% daily value of copper and 8% daily value of zinc.
Chocolate is packed full of iron, manganese, copper and zinc. These are key contributors in helping your body function smoothly. Iron is important to a healthy energy level and to avoid fatigue and weakness. Manganese supports fat and carbohydrate metabolism. Copper helps form collagen and prevents hair from turning gray. Zinc supports reproductive health and libido, especially in men. We consider the health benefits of chocolate to be a "secret" because very few other foods naturally contain as many beneficial minerals as chocolate. With ChocoPerfection, you get all these minerals and absolutely no sugar downside.
Epicatechin in Chocolate Reduces Inflammation and Lowers Blood Pressure
Another health secret of chocolate is that it contains epicatechin, a powerful flavanol that reduces chronic inflammation. Scientific American reports "New research suggests that beneficial bacteria that reside toward the end of our digestive tract ferment both the antioxidants and the fiber in cocoa." This is important because these fermented compounds from chocolate have been shown to lower blood pressure by 2 to 3 points in a study from 2012.
High Fiber to Curb Cravings and Reduce Snacking
The ChocoPerfection dark 50g bar contains 56% daily value of fiber. While most high-quality dark chocolate contains high levels of fiber, ChocoPefection is also sweetened from fiber. Not only does fiber regulate your digestive system, but it also helps control blood sugar, lower cholesterol, and creates a feeling of "fullness" to curb cravings and help avoid constant snacking. ChocoPerfection bars combine dark chocolate's natural fiber plus the additional fiber from chicory root, our all-natural sweetener. ChocoPerfection contains an impressive 14 grams of all-natural fiber which is 56% of the USDA recommended daily value in one 50g ChocoPerfection dark bar.
Antioxidants Which Reduce Free Radicals and Support Anti-Aging
Experts believe that antioxidants naturally prevent certain types of cancer, Alzheimer's, and other diseases. Studies have shown that antioxidants can even reduce harmful effects of the aging process like arthritis, due to systemic inflammation, and wrinkles.
Antioxidants have the ability to reduce "free radicals," a molecule that occurs naturally during metabolism. Free radicals destabilize viruses and bacteria by "stealing" their electron in an effort to stabilize. Unfortunately, what starts as an ingenious biological defense can quickly get out of hand if the body produces too many free radicals, because they'll start to "steal" electrons from, you guessed it, healthy cells. Environmental factors like smoking, pollution, certain chemicals, and radiation all lead to the production of surplus free radicals.
The body can naturally handle and "clean out" a normal amount of free radicals, but if there are too many, it just can't keep up fast enough. Enter antioxidants, molecules that can terminate the free radical before it causes any damage. Antioxidants are nature's little powerhouses and consuming chocolate is an easy way to improve your health because cocoa, the main ingredient in chocolate, is full of antioxidants.
Experts say 2 to 4 Ounces of Chocolate A Day
So go ahead and indulge! Most experts agree that the sweet spot to benefit from chocolate is to have about 2 to 4 ounces per day. But, with sugar-free, high fiber ChocoPerfection, you can happily consume more. We love chocolate, and with all its secret benefits, it loves us back!
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