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Dark Chocolate Benefits

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Dark Chocolate Benefits
 

I think chocolate is one of the most loved and most misunderstood foods. Too often it’s considered an unhealthy indulgence. And in the case of highly processed candies full of chemical sugars and preservatives, this is true, but just the opposite is true when you eat dark chocolate. Did you know that dark chocolate with a high cocoa content (at least 35%[2] - which is in just 1 of our Healthy Delights™ ProBiotic Bites!) is considered to have the richest polyphenols content of all chocolate? Oh yes – it’s true!

And many doctors agree that dark chocolate can be healthy! Dr. Mehmet Oz, otherwise known as “America’s Doctor”, says “when you need a sweet treat, reach for a little bit of chocolate—and a brownie doesn’t count! Don’t go for the milk chocolate either”, Dr. Oz says. “You need dark chocolate with 70% or more pure cocoa to reap the benefits of flavonoids”.[3]

We agree with Dr. Oz! This is why Healthy Delights™ uses dark chocolate in our ProBiotic Bites. Just 2 Healthy Delights™ ProBiotic Bites provide you with 70% pure cocoa! This is just one of the many reasons why you and your family should enjoy taking our delicious Healthy Delights™ ProBiotic Bites every day!

Some History on Chocolate

All chocolate is made from the raw cacao bean! Cacao is the seed of a fruit of an Amazonian tree that was brought to Central America during or before the time of the Olmecs. Cacao beans were so revered by the Mayans and Aztecs that they used them as money – it might be said, then, that money “grew on trees!”

In 1753 Carl von Linnaeus, the 18th-century Swedish scientist, thought that cacao was so important that he named the genus and species of this tree himself. He named this tree: Theobroma cacao, which literally means “cacao, the food of the gods[1].”

Dark and sweet, chocolate was once reserved for the royal and the very rich. Today, we can all can enjoy chocolate! Rumor has it, 9 out of 10 of us like chocolate (the 10th person always lies). I will admit that I have never met a piece of chocolate I did not like!

Our Healthy Delights™ ProBiotic Bites are a great way for you and your family to get your daily dose of probiotics AND the healthy benefits of dark chocolate… Just what the doctor recommended! Add dark chocolate to your daily routine with our convenient and delicious Healthy Delights™ ProBiotic Bites. Don’t forget to listen to the doctor and to your taste buds… Your belly will thank you!

 


[1] M. Rusconi, A. Conti. “Theobroma cacao L., the Food of the Gods: A scientific approach beyond myths and claims.” Pharmacological Research 61 (2010) 5–13.

[2] Directive 2000/36/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council of 23 June 2000 relating to cocoa and chocolate products intended for human consumption. OJ 2000;L197(August):19–25.

[3] “Paging Dr. Oz.” http://www.oprah.com/health/Paging-Dr-Oz/12. Accessed October 10, 2011

 

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