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What are the Health Benefits of Healthy Chocolate? How Can Chocolate Help you Stay Energetic, Fit and Healthy

What are the Health Benefits of Healthy Chocolate?  

Can Chocolate Help you Stay Energetic, Fit and Healthy?

And can healthy chocolate really be a part of a healthy diet and weight management program?

Chocolate isn’t just delicious, it can be an instrumental part of a healthy diet as well!  It's good for your heart and brain and the right kind of healthy chocolate can help you stay energetic, fit and healthy too! 
The health benefits of chocolate are primarily derived from cocoa, which is rich in polyphenols and flavonoids. Polyphenols, of which flavonoids are a sub-class, are natural compounds found in plants with very potent antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, and anti-carcinogenic properties that can help to protect from free radicals, oxidative stress, and even some diseases.
Cardiovascular Health Benefits of Chocolate:
Eat Healthy Chocolate for a Healthy Heart
Clinical studies have linked some kinds of chocolate with improved heart health, most likely due to the rich-antioxidant containing flavonoids that are found in cocoa.  The Cleveland Clinic reported that, “In addition to having antioxidant qualities, research shows that flavanols (the main type of flavonoid found in cocoa) have other potential influences on vascular health, such as lowering blood pressure, improving blood flow to the brain and heart, and making blood platelets less sticky and able to clot.”
Cognitive Health Benefits of Chocolate:
Have you ever noticed the amount of people that love chocolate simply because of the way it makes them 'feel?'  Research has shown that cocoa raises the level of “feel good” chemicals in our brains, especially serotonin. Serotonin is a neurotransmitter that affects our mood, and at low levels can be responsible for anxiety and depression. So, when your level of serotonin increases, your mood improves as well.  In fact, the increased production of serotonin is why more women tend to crave chocolate than men, especially during PMS and menstruation when serotonin levels are often way down.  (well, that makes a lot of sense, huh ladies!)
Other Health Benefits of Chocolate:
According to MedicalNewsToday.com,  The potential benefits of eating chocolate may include:
  • lowering cholesterol levels
  • preventing cognitive decline
  • reducing the risk of cardiovascular problems.
It is important to note that the possible health benefits mentioned discuss one-off studies and more evidence is required before the links can be said to be conclusive.

Chocolate may lower cholesterol levels

Chocolate consumption may help reduce LDL cholesterol levels.
A study published in The Journal of Nutrition was carried out to determine whether chocolate bars containing plant sterols (PS) and cocoa flavanols (CF) have any effect on cholesterol levels.3
The study authors wrote "results indicate that regular consumption of chocolate bars containing PS and CF as part of a low-fat diet may support cardiovascular health by lowering cholesterol and improving blood pressure."
Healthy Chocolate can Help Your Curb your Appetite:
As part of a healthy cleanse and weight management program, the right healthy chocolate can help you feel more satisfied, prevent blood sugar levels from dropping.  One of my favorite benefits of healthy chocolate consumption is a reduction in appetite.  One study demonstrated this by giving participants a 100g serving of either milk or dark chocolate two hours before being served an all-you-can-eat lunch.  Ingestion of dark chocolate was correlated with a 17% lower calorie intake at the following meal, compared to the milk chocolate group.
What is a Healthy Chocolate Option?
IsaDelight Chocolates distinguish themselves by being nutritious without sacrificing taste. Isagenix achieves delicious, healthy chocolates with quality ingredients and no unhealthy additives.
“As the chocolate is tempered, the cocoa liquor and cocoa butter are heated and brought down to a narrow temperature of 35°C. At this temperature, the cocoa butter just starts to solidify as the cocoa liquor starts to soften — here the two may be combined into a beautiful silky emulsion. However, the temperature range is a mere 2°C. It is during this stage that mood-boosting vitamins and amino acids are added to the mix. Isagenix conducts this process under careful temperature regulation to ensure that the emulsion doesn’t separate, the chocolate doesn’t burn, the amino acids and vitamins aren’t destroyed, and the final product does not require any added emulsifiers. Lecithin is added only to suspend the amino acids and vitamins in the emulsion and prevent them from rising to the surface.”
More Information On IsaDelight Chocolates…
IsaDelight chocolate squares are available in:
  • Dark Chocolate 
  • Milk Chocolate
  • Dark Chocolate Mint
  • Salted Caramel Milk Chocolate
IsaDelight Dark Chocolates are made from 70% non-alkalized cocoa powder, produced by a low-temperature process in a state-of-the-art facility in the US to preserve potent antioxidants. 
IsaDelight Milk Chocolates are sourced from single bean chocolate from the best suppliers available. 
IsaDelights are infused with 125mg of green tea extract, boosting the antioxidant strength to offer greater support for heart and cardiovascular health. The green tea also helps to boost thermogensis, helping you to burn more fat. 
We know chocolate naturally helps to elevate mood and energy, but IsaDelights are also infused with a special blend of B vitamins, minerals and essential amino acids to further enhance the “feel good” chemicals in your brain. Each IsaDelight is only 60 calories with the amount of sugar equivalent to 1/8 of an apple and IsaDelights are not artificially sweetened. 
Personally, I LOVE them!! They really are delicious and the perfect way to keep me feeling satisfied and keep me from snacking on something I shouldn't!
IsaDelight healthy chocolates are perfect to use during a Cleanse or Shake day to help curb your appetite and keep you feeling satisfied, and prevent your blood sugar from dipping (which can cause headaches and that 'Hangry' Feeling we all ate!)
Try IsaDelights here, available in:
  • Dark Chocolate
  • Milk Chocolate
  • and New Dark Chocolate Mint!
  • and new Salted Caramel Milk Chocolate!
DELICIOUS!!!

Here's How the IsaDelight Healthy Chocolates work:




The IsaDelight Healthy Chocolates are designed to support your healthy weight management and help you get through the Cleanse and Shake days that are a part of the 30 day Cleanse and Fat Burning System that you can start here.

Next, Read more about the Health Benefits of a Cleanse for Fat-Burning and Detox here.

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