Is dark chocolate really better for you?

Hmm, the hype about dark chocolate having antioxidants is true, but don’t forget that dark chocolate is still chocolate. It still has tons of sugar and fat and can STILL raise your cholesterol and blood sugar if you consume too much.

Yes, I understand that it is better than milk chocolate since milk chocolate does not have antioxidants.

I suggest having dark chocolate with some kind of fruit like strawberries. At least you’ll get the antioxidants from the berries too.

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5 Minute Cool Berry Medley

I made this for my daughter’s birthday party and it took me 5 mintues to prepare:

  • 2 packages of strawberries
  • 4 packages of blueberries
  • 2 packages of raspberries
  • 1 package of blackberries
  • 2 whole limes

Directions:

Take out all the berries and combine in a bowl. Cut lime wedges from a lime and line the bowl with them. Squeeze lime juice of the other lime all over the berries for even better taste.

Nutrition:

  1. Tons of vitamin C to fight colds
  2. Loads of antioxidants for the fight against heart disease
  3. Lots of energy. You WILL feel energized.

Hey, you don’t need a party to make this. Have it now!

Why are antioxidants so important and are they easy to eat?

Well, let me answer the second question. Antioxidants are found in 95% of all fruits and vegetables. So, if you like at least one fruit or vegetable, I suggest eating a lot of it as antioxidants can help fight against heart disease, aging, and other health issues.

Antioxidants fight free radicals, which are unpaired electrons. In your body, free radicals attack health cells in an attempt to grab their electrons, which they usually lose. In attempt to recover their lost electrons, they steal them from healthy cells, making healthy cells become free radicals themselves. So, they multiply, which later on, can cause cancer, heart disease, aging, arthritus, and a whole other suite of problems. This process causes oxidation in your body and blood stream. Antioxidants basically donate their electrons to damaged cells without losing their own. So, it is a win win situation for all cells involved.

Eating lots of fruits and vegetables is the best way to get antioxidants. All kinds of berries are rich in antioxidants including strawberries, blueberries (5 times as much as strawberries), rasperries (twice as much as blueberries). It is the Acai berry from Brazil that reigns in antioxidants and it has about 10 times as much as all the berries combined. This high level of antioxidants makes Acai one of the world’s superfoods. The Acai berry comes from the rainforest in Brazil and can be found in Mona Vie, the juice, rich in antioxidants from over 19 fruits.

Other frutis and veggies that contain a high level of antioxidants are pears, bananas, cherries, grapes, apples, citrus fruits, and more.

Since antioxidants are so important, they are always in the health news and will be in my blogs often.