Dark Chocolate is a highly favored and popular treat. It’s origins date back to BC when the Mayans from Central America made a bitter chocolate beverage with raw cacao and drank at least five cups of it each day. We know dark chocolate as the candy treat sold in our grocery stores and premium candy stores that is a high calorie indulgence filled with lots of sugar, waxes and fillers and a delicious decadent taste of chocolate. Most people love and many crave chocolate. Some avoid it because they believe the calories outweigh the benefits. What if there was a chocolate that still tasted amazing but was also exceptionally good for you. Too good to be true? Not according to Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health article “Dark Chocolate”. Here is what the article has to say:

“Cocoa is rich in plant chemicals called flavanols that may help to protect the heart. Dark chocolate contains up to 2-3 times more flavanol-rich cocoa solids than milk chocolate. Flavanols have been shown to support the production of nitric oxide (NO) in the endolethium (the inner cell lining of blood vessels) that helps to relax the blood vessels and improve blood flow, thereby lowering blood pressure. [1,2] Flavanols in chocolate can increase insulin sensitivity in short term studies; in the long run this could reduce risk of diabetes. [3,4]

Observational studies support the benefits of cocoa flavanols. The link between blood pressure and high cocoa intake was described in a study of the Kuna Indians, an isolated tribe who live on the Caribbean Coast of Panama. [5] Hypertension was extremely uncommon in this group, even among older ages, and even with a dietary salt intake that is greater than most Western populations. When the Kuna migrated to urban environments and changed their diets, their rates of high blood pressure increased.”

The article also goes into detail about how the chocolate is processed. Dutching or heating the chocolate at high temperatures to get rid of the bitterness unfortunately causes a significant loss of flavonoids and flavanols. According to the Harvard Dark Chocolate article, “The urinary levels of flavanols in the island-dwelling Kuna were significantly higher and their rates of death from heart disease, cancer, and diabetes significantly lower than their counterparts living in urban centers.” This is huge! Basically you need chocolate that has not been dutched or heated at high temperatures. I know of one chocolate with so many antioxidants and flavanols that one 6 gram piece of chocolate offers the antioxidant power of over one pound of raw spinach. One piece of Beyond Healthy Chocolate is just 35 calories and 1 gram of sugar. Hardly the candy chocolate we are used to. It is absolutely amazing that this belgian chocolate tastes so good and yet is so healthy.

Well Beyond Chocolate products are made with cold pressed chocolate. Not heating the chocolate like traditional dutching methods is key. Using premium ingredients without waxes, fillers and sugars are essential. Beyond Chocolates are NonGMO, vegetarian friendly, gluten free and kosher. Beyond chocolates are low in sugar which is beneficial for diabetics.

An example of one Beyond Power Square, one of our most popular chocolates and favorite of Kathy Ireland, long time supermodel and entrepreneur is quite interesting. One Beyond X Power Square offers 672 mg total flavonoids and 37,374 ORAC. ( Flavonoids are plant based antioxidants that help the body’s cells resist damage by free radicals) Well Beyond recommends you eat 3 to 4 pieces of Beyond chocolate throughout the day spaced out morning mid day and evening for the best benefit. Clearly the dark chocolate that is good for you is Beyond Healthy Chocolate. There is nothing like it on the market. Everyone I know who eats this chocolate has realized a benefit. My family personally received benefits from regular use of this Beyond Chocolate. Just a few examples: my husband was able to control his cholesterol and stop taking statin drugs his doctor had prescribed earlier, our adult son with autism has controlled his mood swings and improved many of his symptoms, I have personally controlled my type 2 diabetes by eating this Beyond Chocolate and taking a Berberine supplement three times a day. I take no traditional diabetes medication. I could go on, I believe the chocolate is THAT good.

Today is the day you take control of your health by making small changes like eating Beyond Healthy Chocolate. Buy it for you and your family or share it with friends and earn some income as well. It is all about you. We are a fun loving group of individuals that love helping others achieve happiness, health and wellness. Contact Lynette Henk of Three Sons Marketing LLC with any questions at (941) 676-7300 or visit our website directly at: MyChocolateVitamins.com

Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health, Dark Chocolate, The Nutrition Source, https://www.hsph.harvard.edu/nutritionsource/dark-chocolate/