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Antioxidants in chocolate, Heart Benefits and More!

By Red Thalhammer

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Healthy chocolate still sounds like a dream for many, but chocolate itself has not gained an official status of a health food yet. Super dark chocolate though is growing in reputation, as several studies indicate, here is a heart-healthy choice.

As revealed by these studies, chocolate and its primary ingredient, cacao, is heart healthy. Flavanols from cocoa beans deliver antioxidants thus repairing cell damage. These flavanols also help lowering blood pressure, boosting vascular functions, and help people to stay younger.

Antioxidants in Chocolate – The Studies.

Antioxidants protect cells and tissues from damage by free radicals. These radicals are unstable molecules that can weaken cells to a large extent. Antioxidants act as an effective insurance policy against these radicals that result in undue stress and aging.

The presence of cacao content in super dark chocolate like AntidoteChoco and the slow roasting methods used to prepare those chocolate bars boosts the presence of antioxidants in them. 

The amount of antioxidants, per dark chocolate serving, also showcased greater antioxidant capacity and higher flavanol and polyphenol levels compared to other fruits. Dr Debra Miller even remarked cacao seed to be a "Super Fruit" as it includes nutritional value beyond its composition.

How do Antioxidants Actually Help our Body?

Antioxidants are actually molecules that fight with free radicals in our body. Free radicals include compounds that cause undue harm when their number is too high in the body. The presence of free radicals is connected to multiple illnesses, such as diabetes, heart conditions, and cancer.

Your body possesses inherent antioxidant defenses to keep free radical count normal. Antioxidant preservatives also help food manufacturers to develop food with increased shelf life.

Without antioxidants, free radicals can cause serious harm to the body although in their normal count, they can serve important functions like fight infections. Maintaining a balance of free radicals and antioxidants is key to good health. When the count of free radicals outnumber antioxidants, it can lead to oxidative stress that can damage your DNA and other important body molecules. This factor increases cancer risk, and also accelerates the aging process.

Free radicals are formed due to several factors including air pollution, smoke from cigarettes, alcohol intake, high blood sugar levels, consumption of fatty acids, radiation, viral infections, intense exercise, and overall antioxidant deficiency. Expect negative health outcomes with excess free radicals including cardiovascular disease and cancer.

Summary on benefits of antioxidants:

  • Antioxidants protect cellular damage caused by free radicals.
  • They cut down oxidative stress that can lead to cancer risks, vision loss, and other conditions.
  • Works as a radical scavenger, hydrogen and electron donor that boosts health.
  • Antioxidants also help people with premature aging, since it dispels free radicals that cause your skin to age quickly.
  • Antioxidant supplements help reduce vision loss resulting out of macular degeneration.

It safeguards DNA and other important body molecules necessary for optimal health.

Takeaways based on cacao content in super dark chocolate.

Cacao beans owing to its high antioxidants and fat content offers strong potential health benefits. AntidoteChoco with 70% to 100% cacao content thus is extremely healthy if consumed in moderation to balance calorie levels. Cocoa phenols found in the chocolate are compounds that reduce blood pressure.

Remember, this information is not a license to go on a chocolate binge :)

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Why Super Premium Chocolate Remains the Ideal Gift for this Season!

By Shreyash Kothari

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Chocolate remains the best “little” irresistible treat that is sure to entice your nose and taste-buds, alike. With a range of flavor profiles and beautiful packaging, it makes for an all-round great gifting option for many special occasions around the holiday season! Hostess gifts, stocking stuffers, an after-dinner treat; So many opportunities to enjoy a square or two of quality dark chocolate!

This year more than ever, people are craving an Antidote and a sweet note to end the year on! However be aware that in many chocolate products, there is a lot of sugar hidden and less nutritional benefits. Here’s why you should choose super premium chocolate, as gifts for your loved ones:

Chocolate is Synonymous to Love. Period.

Is there anyone who does not like chocolate in one form or the other? You’ll be hard pressed to find one! Milk chocolate bars laden with nuts are hugely popular while Dark Chocolates have made a strong presence in recent years, especially really dark and low sugar chocolate. Chocolate is symbolically a gesture of love, desire, and indulgence of the highest order. Fine chocolate makers have ensured time and again to soothe our hearts with wonderful combinations that lift our spirit during difficult times. Chocolate poses as the veritable key to happiness for all occasions, releasing serotonin and feel good elements within the body that directly elevates moods with positive feelings. That’s assured when you choose true dark chocolate and stay away from mass market sugar-filled treats.

Gourmet Chocolate is an Affordable Luxury

Our creative and stylish chocolate bar designs are one for every occasion, especially during the holidays. Friends and family will love good quality chocolate and it’s great benefits over sugar laden alternatives. Surprise your loved ones with deeper flavours that makes them feel great. Show your trendy friends and relatives the style and appreciation for quality by providing them gourmet and healthy chocolate bars that have less sugar, are nutrient-rich, and possess unique flavors too. You gain a sweet spot in their heart, for caring about their sweet tooth as well as their health!

Good Quality Chocolate Bars are Loaded with Nutrients!

Here at Antidote chocolate, our Super Premium Chocolate bars are low in sugar and loaded with cacao and real, healthy ingredients. Apart from lifting your mood levels, our chocolate includes flavanols that prevent premature aging. The right dark chocolate when made with quality cacao, slow-roasted during processing incorporates more antioxidants than blueberries! Without compromising on incredible flavours, we offer high cacao content ensuring a guilt-free feel good food, always! And due to its anti-stress properties, it can lift your spirits helping with occasional bouts of depression.  Note: choose dark chocolate with at least 70% + of cacao content with low cacao butter and low sugar content if you want your family to get the most health benefits from your gift.

Gourmet Chocolate that makes an Immaculate Presentation

You can choose between fifteen unique flavors, something for everyone on your list! There is no need for an extra box, wrap or a ribbon for gifting our chocolate because each bar is presented like a piece of art. Ready to be devoured as it sits waiting in a Christmas stocking! Choose chocolate bars with real chunks of fruits, salts and spices that make a perfect blend of flavors. Do they like dark or milk chocolate? Are they crazy about almonds, coffee, ginger, or strawberry? Take your pick.

You can also choose the super premium raw 100% chocolate bars that are sugar free and perfect for friends with dietary restrictions, for example.

Antidote Chocolate offers one of the finest super premium chocolate bars in the country, with a range of flavors made only with healthy ingredients. Made from Ecuadorian single origin cacao beans, these chocolates are roasted slowly to retain more nutrients, while being Low Sugar Chocolate. Rest assured, Antidote also ensures a healthy treat, offering healthy chocolate bars that elevate moods, reduce stress, promote weight loss, and maintaining as much as possible antioxidants, and flavonoids for your beauty and well being.

A worthy gift for the holiday season!

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