Keeping your heart in tiptop shape doesn't necessarily mean popping a cholesterol-lowering statin tablet each day. One strategy, I’ve found that works as an alternative is eating foods that have been proven to fight heart disease; they are prescription-free and delicious, and can keep your heart healthy without risky side effects.
So how much cocoa do you need? You need a high cocoa content of at least 70% to make up for the loss. More cocoa means more beneficial chocolate antioxidants are likely to be in the bar or product.
More Chocolate Antioxidants Retained
But what if you don't enjoy chocolate that dark (70% cocoa or more)? Maybe the new ways to process cocoa developed by Mars (Dove®), Barry Callebaut, and Natraceutical will let you enjoy chocolate with benefits.
These methods retain more of the antioxidants found in the cocoa bean. That should mean less cocoa needed and a milder flavor, right? But it's going to cost you more. Remember you can't put a price on good health, that's your insurance company's job.
All you really need to remember is that dark chocolate is healthy when it contains lots of cocoa. A bar with very little is just candy. So pick a product with a cocoa content of at least 70%, rich in flavor and flavonoids. A truly rare combination!
Evidence is mounting that moderate drinking helps reduce the risk of heart disease. (Lol, let me expound on that a bit….Moderate drinking is defined as three to seven drinks each week for women and three to fourteen drinks weekly for men.) A recent study found that moderate drinking lowered the risk of cardiovascular death by 38 percent. Light drinkers (men or women who had three or fewer drinks a week) lowered their risk by 31 percent. However, this does include mixed drinks.
Researcher’s at the University of Scranton in Pennsylvania found that drinking three glasses of cranberry juice daily for a month significantly raised HDL ("good") cholesterol by 10 percent and lowered the risk of heart disease by 40 percent. Cranberries may even help those with genes for high cholesterol.