Health Benefits of Hawaiian Vintage Chocolate

  • Chocolate provides a number of nutrients the body requires daily. A milk chocolate bar weighing 1.4 ounces, contains about three grams of protein, 15% of the daily value of riboflavin, 9% of the daily value of calcium, 7% of the daily value for iron and 10% of the daily requirement for potassium.

  • A 1.4 ounce milk chocolate bar contains approximately 210 calories. Approximately 20 pistoles of Hawaiian Vintage Chocolate contain 8 grams of fat and 9 calories per gram. A third of its fat is stearic acid which is not assimilated by the body.

  • Researchers at UC Davis have found that chocolate contains a number of flavonoids, compounds which retard the oxidation of fats preventing low density lipoprotiens (LDLs) from creating plaque and clogging arteries.

  • Chocolate's antioxidant potency roughly matches that of gallic acid, another potent antioxidant, and is even more effective at cutting oxidation of (LDLs) than those in red wine (consumption of which has been found to reduce significantly an individual's risk of heart attack).

  • In addition chocolate contains tannins and phenolics, the same chemicals that act as antioxidants in laboratory tests of red wine. 1.5 ounces of milk chocolate contain about as much phenol as a 5 ounce glass of red wine. Dark chocolate contains even more phenol than milk chocolate.

  • Dark Chocolate contains no cholesterol.

  • Chocolate contains copper (.8mg per 100g) which enhances red blood cells' ability to carry oxygen. The average woman is deficient in copper. A good source of copper is liver but wouldn't you rather eat chocolate?

  • Chocolate also contains phosphorus (138mg per 100g) which is an essential component of phospholipids that makes up our cell membranes.

  • PEA(Phenylethylamine) is followed closely by theobroma as the chocolate chemical most responsible for lifting depressions. It is one of a group of plant-based stimulants called methylxanthines whose best know member is caffeine. Chocolate has straight caffeine , too, but in very small amounts (70mg/100g). The effects of theobroma are similar to, but milder than caffeine's, and include alertness and decreased fatigue.

  • Chocolate's high level of magnesium (131mg per 100 g) is also credited for adding to the euphoria one gets from eating chocolate. Magnesium levels are found to be low during menstruation.

  • Serotonin (3mg/100g) and tyramine (2mg/100g) are also present in chocolate and provide a mild calming, balancing effect.

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