Dark Chocolate Fights Cancer

Chocolate Fights Cancer

How Chocolate Fights Cancer

“The great news is that in addition to being decadent and delicious, moderate amounts of dark chocolate may play a role in cancer prevention,” said Sally Scroggs, MS, RD, LD, health education manager at The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center’s Cancer Prevention Center.

New studies reveals that dark chocolate’s substances, which behave as antioxidants (flavanols, catechins and epicatechins), have been revealed to play a role in decreasing cancer risks by helping to fight cell damage which could bring about tumor growth. Chocolate fights cancer.

Flavanols in chocolate fights cancer?

These antioxidants occur naturally in the plant-based cacao bean, the base of all chocolate products. Cacao beans are, actually, one of the most concentrated natural sources of antioxidants which exist. The flavanols may be the help as chocolate fights cancer.

“Dark chocolate has a higher percentage of healthy antioxidants, without the increased sugar and saturated fats added to milk chocolate,” Scroggs said.

Chocolate has been a favorite food for centuries, according to the American Dietetic Association. “It has become a symbol for love, indulgence, temptation and now, we can justify it for its health attributes,” Scroggs said. And if, as studies are showing, chocolate fights cancer it will become an even bigger symbol of health.

Dark chocolate punch

Darker Chocolate Packs a Punch: “The main reason that eating dark chocolate, versus milk or white chocolate fights cancer risks is because it has a higher percentage of cacao, and thus antioxidants,” Scroggs said.
As the cacao content goes up, there also is less room for sugar. Flavanols are what are believed to be the active antioxidants in the battle as chocolate fights cancer.

According to the American Institute for Cancer Research, people should aim for pure dark chocolate that contains at least 65 percent cacao, as opposed to the kind of chocolate commonly used in cakes and cookies, which contain more calories, sugar and unhealthy fats.
When eating chocolate, looking at portion size and calorie content also is crucial. Recommended servings for regular dark chocolate are seven ounces per week, which is about one ounce per day. And for a high antioxidant diet using  cold pressed healthy chocolate, perhaps three times a day.

“Savoring a small amount of dark chocolate is much better than gulping soft drinks or eating doughnuts,” Scroggs said. Remember, although  dark chocolate fights cancer, it is still a calorie-dense food that may be high in fat. Perhaps it is part of your high antioxidant chocolate diet.

A person can enjoy dark chocolate daily within a balanced diet, so long as you:

  • Choose dark chocolate with a high cacao percentage (65 percent or higher).
  • Buy chocolate to be eaten in small portions, like individually wrapped chocolate (about 1 oz per serving).
  • Keep your portion size in check.
  • Check the ingredients. Make sure they don’t contain fats, such as palm and coconut oils
  • They are made without the use of ‘hydrogenated’ or ‘partially hydrogenated’ oils.
  • Be sure the chocolate has all the flavanols  (it should have flavanol count on package or it’s not right)
  • It is cold-pressed dark chocolate

Now there is yet another study showing high antioxidant diets that include healthy dark chocolate fights cancer.

 

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