How Healthy is it to Dip Strawberries in Chocolate?
Posted Oct 04 2013 8:00am
I have a treat for you here today. Sara, writer at http://www.nannypro.com/is here today to talk about the healthy benefits of strawberries and chocolate. Any way I can get my chocolate fix, while still maintaining a healthy lifestyle is something I am all over. Take it away Sara!
Dipping strawberries in chocolate may sound like a
semi-unhealthy snack until you consider the actual health benefits of both
components. Yes, chocolate has health benefits when eaten in moderation. This doesn't
mean you should dip a bucket of fried chicken in chocolate and call it healthy,
but there are some benefits to a few strawberries dipped in this culinary
delight. What kind of benefits am I talking about?
1. Stroke Prevention - A Swedish study of women who ate
approximately 45 grams of chocolate per week where 20 percent less likely to
suffer a stroke than those who only ate nine grams or less. Strawberries
themselves can assist in the prevention of strokes as well since they are
loaded with various vitamins and minerals and can reduce the cholesterol in the
blood stream decreasing the chances of the onset of this affliction.
2. Cardiovascular - Chocolate eaters are found to have less bad LDL
cholesterol levels. It's also better for the heart as it lowers blood pressure.
As dark chocolate is well known for superior levels of these heart-healthy
conditions, it helps in the prevention of cardiovascular diseases. Strawberries
are also rich in tannin, antioxidants and phytonutrients which have been known
to prevent cardiovascular diseases as well.
3. Diabetes - According to a small Italian study in 2005, regularly
eating chocolate can help increase your insulin levels to stave off certain
types of diabetes. However, this is more of a common activity as some diabetics
can stave off "attacks" by consuming sweetened materials in order to
increase the body's insulin levels. Strawberries also reduce sugar spikes from
those suffering from type 2 diabetes as a method to stabilize the blood sugar
4. Healthy Skin - The flavonoid content of dark chocolate provides
a layer of protection for your skin from the UV rays of the sun. While all
chocolates have flavonoids present, the level is much higher in dark chocolate
and can help prevent the onsets of skin cancer. Strawberries are rich in
antioxidants which prevent the onset of various cancers as well. Since cancers
and tumors can be caused by oxidative stress in cells, the high levels of
antioxidants in strawberries greatly reduces the oxidation levels adding a
layer of protection from such ailments.
5. Improving Blood Flow - Cocoa itself has anti-clotting and blood
thinning properties that reduce the restriction of blood flow. Much like
aspirin, cocoa can essentially be used to calm headaches. There are a variety
of instances where increased blood flow can be greatly beneficial to a human
body including brain functionality and stamina. Strawberries contain high
levels of copper and iron, which is used to produce new blood cells within the
6. Improved Vision - Because of the effects of increased blood
flow, the University of Reading theorize that this could also increase the flow
to the retinas of the human eyes increasing your vision capabilities. The
antioxidants and phytonutrients that are contained in strawberries also improve
eye sight from oxidative stress and UV rays.
Although chocolate does have a lot of health benefits when used as a dip with
strawberries, you shouldn't go out and eat a few bags of Snickers. While cocoa
itself is beneficial for your body, the added sugars from other elements could
compound health problems. Like all foods in life, moderation is key to
maintaining health while enjoying the simple things.
Sara is an active nanny as well as an active freelance
writer. She is a frequent contributor of http://www.nannypro.com/ .
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