UNIVERSITY OF THE SOUTHERN CARIBBEAN
P.O. BOX 175, PORT OF SPAIN
Presented in Partial Fulfilment
Of the Requirements for the course
ENGL215-02: English Composition 2
03 October 2012
Why is Dark Chocolate Healthier than regular Chocolate
Chocolate is made from plants, which means it contains many of the health benefits of dark vegetables. These benefits are from flavonoids, which act as antioxidants. Antioxidants protect the body from aging caused by free radicals, which can cause damage that leads to heart disease. Dark chocolate contains a large number of antioxidants (nearly 8 times the number found in strawberries). Flavonoids also help relieve high blood pressure through the production of nitric oxide, and balance certain hormones in the body. Dark chocolate is good for the heart. A small bar of it every day can help keep the heart and cardiovascular system running well. Two heart health benefits of dark chocolate are: 1. Lower Blood Pressure. Studies have shown that consuming a small bar of dark chocolate everyday can reduce blood pressure in individuals with high blood pressure. 2. Lower Cholesterol- Dark chocolate has also been shown to reduce LDL cholesterol the bad cholesterol by up to 10 percent. Some of the fats in chocolate do not impact the cholesterol. The fats in chocolate are 1/3 oleic acid, 1/3 stearic acid and 1/3 Palmitic acid. Oleic Acid is a healthy monounsaturated fat that is also found in olive oil. Stearic Acid is a saturated fat but one which research is shows has a neutral effect on cholesterol. Palmitic Acid is also a saturated fat, one which raises cholesterol and heart disease risk. That means only 1/3 of the fat in dark chocolate is bad for you. Dark chocolate is good for your heart. A small bar of dark chocolate every day...