Las Vegas

CHOCOLATE FOR A HEALTHY HEART

February 17, 2021
NHE

by Michele Ciancimino

You read that correctly…if you haven’t heard the good news, some types of chocolate can be a part of a heart-healthy diet.

You’re welcome! Lol

Raw cacao is the main ingredient used to make dark chocolate and it’s full of heart-healthy magnesium, antioxidants, and plant-based polyphenols. Raw cacao is different from the cocoa powder you typically see in the stores. Cocoa powder is chemically processed and roasted which destroys a lot of the antioxidants and nutritious plant compounds. In fact, this “Dutch processing” or “processed with alkali” can destroy 60 to 90% of the nutrients! There’s more! Non-organic cocoa and chocolate are also treated with toxic pesticides and may contain GMO (genetically modified) ingredients.

RAW CACAO HAS SO MANY HEALTH BENEFITS WHEN UNPROCESSED:
  • 40 times more antioxidants than blueberries
  • Has the highest iron content of any plant food
  • More calcium than milk
  • Elevates the mood with happy brain chemicals like serotonin
TO GET THE MOST OUT OF YOUR CHOCOLATE, FOLLOW THESE GUIDELINES:
  • Always buy dark chocolate (not milk chocolate)
  • Buy chocolate that is organic
  • Make sure the percentage of cacao is 65% or higher
  • Low in sugar and other added ingredients

Try raw cacao powder for this delicious and healthy breakfast or snack recipe to support a healthy heart:

Chocolate Peanut Butter Overnight Oats

Ingredients

½ cup rolled oats

1 cup unsweetened almond milk

1 Tbsp peanut butter or almond butter

½ mashed banana

1 Tbsp raw cacao powder

1 tsp honey

Mix all ingredients in an airtight container and store in the refrigerator overnight.

Michele

michele@GoodnessGirl.com
https://goodnessgirl.com

More Articles

NHE
Las Vegas
What Experts Say Will Happen with Home Prices Next

September has been an interesting month in real estate as we watched rates increase again and hit the over 6%...

September 27, 2022
Read More
NHE
Las Vegas
Today’s Housing Inventory Proves The Market Isn’t Headed For A Crash

As the summer comes to an end and we begin to consider what the real estate market will look like...

August 29, 2022
Read More
NHE
Las Vegas
What Does the Rest of the Year Hold for Home Prices?

There was some GOOD news this week with gas prices decreasing, the stock market rallying and interest rates falling below...

August 12, 2022
Read More

Get Expert help finding your new home

Contact An Expert Today

Sign up to receive updates on the latest news