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In addition to flowers, the most frequent gift for a loved one on Valentine’s Day is chocolate. It is better to choose brown powder, because drinking warm chocolate is more heart healthy than chewing chocolate candy.
“In relation to heart health, drinking hot chocolate is as good as a glass of wine that reduces the risk of heart attack,” said Lona Sandon, a dietitian from the University of Texas, as quoted from HealthNewsDigest, Monday (2/14/2011).
Chocolate powder, especially processed from dark chocolate has the highest flavanol content than other types and forms of processed chocolate. Flavanol is one of the compounds that have the effect of protecting the heart from damage.
Another ingredient of pure chocolate powder is an antioxidant that protects cells from damage, especially the blood vessel constituent cells leading to the heart. Healthy blood vessels will ensure smooth blood flow and not easily clogged.
According to Sandon, the benefits of chocolate will be reduced when the chocolate powder has been processed into chocolate candy or chocolate bars. The addition of sugar, milk and butter adds to the caloric content that indirectly endangers the heart.
High calories can trigger obesity in people who rarely exercise. For people with diabetes, increased blood sugar due to excess calories can not be tolerated with the production of insulin that can endanger their health.
In addition, the fatty structure in milk and butter used in chocolate and bar candy bars can also change during processing to become malignant fats. Evil fats are easily clot in the blood, and can lead to blockage and heart attack.