Benefits of Dark Chocolate become even more relevant when you are working with diabetics. Not only does the research material need to be accurate but diet directions followed precisely as well: serious medical situations are at stake.
But there has been talk that certain forms of chocolate could help diabetics and Andrew Richards has written about just that. Personally I am a little skeptical but read on and make your own judgment.
Benefit of Dark Chocolate - Beating Diabetes
By Andrew A Richards
Did you know that one of the benefits of dark chocolate is that it can help reduce insulin levels ? Unfortunately dark chocolate can also be an acquired taste, but for those suffering with diabetes it is well worth persevering as a benefit of dark chocolate is that it can counteract insulin resistance.
But the really good news is that there is a new brand of chocolate on the market that has removed the usual bitter taste of dark chocolate thus producing an awesome tasting chocolate with huge health benefits. Yes, dark chocolate can now be viewed as a healthy food and used on a regular basis it has outstanding benefits especially for diabetes sufferers.
A benefit of dark chocolate is that due to its concentration of flavonoids it can can help in the battle against diabetes as it is rich in antioxidants. Which brings forth the question "what are antioxidants"?
Antioxidants are neutralizers of free radicals. Free radicals are simply explained as a phenomenon of today's living. Free radicals are a by product of breathing oxygen, they occur through general everyday pollution in the air, they are basically unavoidable in today's living environment. Molecules become damaged and split, the result being that the damaged molecule becomes a free radical. Environmental factors such as pollution, radiation, cigarette smoke and herbicides spawn free radicals.
It used to be that the body could handle free radicals, but as free radical production has become excessive, damage to the body is occurring. Of particular importance is that free radical damage accumulates with age. So the older we get the more susceptible we are to damage.
Why are antioxidants showing to be a benefit of dark chocolate and diabetes ?
Cocoa powder is rich in flavonoids which in turn is rich in antioxidants and as such helps to counteract insulin resistance. Insulin resistance can be reversed by maintaining healthy weight, eating a good diet, exercising and stopping smoking. Those fabulous flavonoids help in keeping blood vessels healthy and they improve blood flow. That is extremely important for diabetics because they can develop circulation problems which can cause loss of extremities to occur.
Another amazing benefit of dark chocolate is that it is a terrific source of epicatechin. This compound is naturally occurring in cocoa powder that is used in commercially made chocolate, however, it is the main reason for the bitter taste, so commercial chocolate makers process this compound out to remove the taste problems. What this does in effect is to remove one of today's most beneficial compounds. Research at Harvard Medical School has doctors believing that epicatechin could potentially rid the western World of 4 major diseases, stroke, heart failure, cancer and type 2 diabetes.
This new chocolate, called Xocai, has developed a process of removing the bitter taste of epicatechin without removing any of the benefits. The result is a product laden with thousands of ORAC units. The ORAC scale was developed by the USDA to measure the amount of antioxidants in each fruit or vegetable.
An optimal daily dosage is between 12,000 and 15,000 units. The average US diet contains 800 units. Now with Xocai chocolate all that is needed is 3 squares per day to provide the optimal recommended dosage. Those 3 squares a day only amount to 190 calories and just 8 grams of sugar, so it will not impact your calorie intake. Also Xocai chocolate suppresses craving so just another benefit of dark chocolate.
The alternative is you could eat 7 lbs of spinach or 13 lbs of red grapes or 52 lbs of tomatoes. There appears to be no contest!
This specially processed dark chocolate has helped people with diabetes, blood pressure, heart disease, fatigue, skin problems, gum disease, the list is endless. To learn more about 'Healthy Chocolate' please go to http://www.healthychocolatiers.com or email firstname.lastname@example.org
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So there is an alternative supposedly in Xocai chocolate but as to whether it benefits a diabetic person is something you would need to discuss with your own personal health-care professional.We do not promote any products ourselves, and all information and suggestions are the opinion of the writers themselves.