It’s likely that you’ve been told that dark chocolate and red wine are good for you, but a small part of you doesn’t quite believe it. Surely something that tastes so good can’t be healthy? You’re forgiven for looking a tad sceptical. ‘Healthy’ and ‘indulgent’ rarely go hand-in-hand. To finally convince you, let’s look at the amazing health benefits of red wine and dark chocolate.
Don’t reach for a Mars Bar just yet. Chocolate may be good for you, but unless the cocoa content is more than 70 per cent, it doesn’t count! The darker your chocolate, the better.
Dark chocolate is considered good for you due to the high levels of flavonoids it contains. Flavonoids are antioxidants found in plants that protects them from environmental toxins and helps to repair damage. When a human being consumes flavonoids, they reap some of these health benefits.
Unfortunately, dark chocolate still remains a processed food, so the levels of flavonoids lessen as the cocoa solid levels decrease. Dairy, found in milk chocolate, can even inhibit any flavonoids. Anything above 70 per cent has the highest concentration of antioxidants.
Studies show that dark chocolate has the power to reduce levels of cortisol in the body (stress chemicals). People who were given 40g of dark chocolate every day became more Zen than ever before. If work is really getting your goat, the magical combination of dark chocolate and red wine can help lessen emotional unease. That’s why most of us crave a glass of vin rouge at the end of the working day – it helps us unwind.
Just remember that dark chocolate is still a high-calorie food and should be eaten in moderation. As it’s so rich, you probably won’t want to scoff down a whole bar anyway.
Red, red wine, stay close to me – UB40 has got the right idea. Experts recommend women drink one glass of red wine (men should have two) every day! But why? Isn’t alcohol bad for you?
Red wine has been proven to protect your heart. Although doctors aren’t entirely sure how or why this happens, those who drink the recommended amount of red wine every day are shielded from artery damage.
This wonderful beverage promotes good cholesterol throughout the body and lessens your chances of heart attacks, strokes, cancers (especially ovarian), ulcers, osteoporosis (pay attention, ladies!), premature aging, and contracting neurological diseases such as Parkinson’s.
And if that wasn’t enough, wine can kick-start your digestion, increase your libido, and boost your immune system. It’s best to buy red wine in crates, to save yourself a pretty penny.
Forget fancy face creams, red wine has the magical chemical, reservitol, which slows down the aging process. Reservitol can increase your life expectancy, prevent free radical damage, lower blood sugar levels, and prevent cancer. Dear me, that’s a lot of health benefits!
Take note that drinking more than your recommended amount of red wine every day can reverse the positive effects on your body.
Vivas Wine are wine suppliers, wholesalers and distribute and provide topical advice on a range of areas related to wine and the benefits it can have – visit their site for further information – http://www.vivaswine.co.uk/
About the author:
This post was written by Gail Newland, a miscellaneous freelance writer.