Eating Chocolate on Halloween Can Be Healthy, As Long As It’s the Right Kind
It may be a shocker to those who have been reading the recent headlines proclaiming that Halloween can only lead to diabetes and heart disease, but Halloween candy can be healthy. How is this possible? Certain types of chocolate can actually help improve heart health, not damage it.
Chocolate is full of nutrients, such as vitamins A, B1, B2, D, and E. Of course it is important to first look at the quality of the chocolate before biting in. It is important that the chocolate is organic, and contains at least 70% cacao content. The higher percentage of cacao, the better the chocolate is. This means that the chocolate will be darker, but not dark to the point of bitterness.
Oftentimes brand name chocolate found in grocery stores contains high fructose corn syrup and other harmful additives, making it a poor decision to eat or feed to your children on Halloween or any other time. Make sure to check the ingredients list of your chocolate product to ensure it is free of these additives.
Epidemiologic investigations have found through numerous studies that chocolate consumption reduces the risk of cardiovascular disease. This is due to flavonoids that are present in cacao, which promote heart health. The April, 2008 Journal of Nutrition published a double-blind controlled study that evaluated the effects of flavanol-containing dark chocolate. 49 adults participated in the study, who ate a diet set by the American Heart Association.
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