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When Does Chocolate Improve Heart Disease?

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The chocolate studies have been analyzed and here are the best guidelines to what helps or hinders artery function and chocolate.

When we heard chocolate has antioxidants and was good for you we did what was expected.  Ate lots more chocolate!!  BUT ….  there is more to the story and the exceptions are easier than you might think.

What kind of cocoa opens the coronary arteries?  How much is needed?  Is more better?  How long before results are noticed?  What interferes with the benefits? All these questions are answered below.

Watch this video to get the answers and try the Recipes below.  Share what you think.

Cocoa vs. “Dutched” cocoa

Both types of cocoa are unsweetened so a little bitter but “dutched”, also called “alkalized”, has been processed with alkali to neutralize its acid nature. The difference is mostly noticed in baking (for those details go to Whats Cooking America).

For marketing differences the unprocessed cocoa is usually called “unsweetened cocoa” and the processed cocoa has many names like “special dark,” “dutch-process,” or a mix of chocolate and cocoa. Best to check the label for the one you want.

1 teaspoon of unsweetened cocoa  =  1 tablespoon of dutched cocoa

Dutched cocoa is a darker reddish-brown color with a milder flavor and dissolves in liquid easier while the unsweetened cocoa has a more complex intense chocolate flavor so you decide which to use for your tastes.

Get unsweetened cocoa here.

Get dutched cocoa here.

 

Recipes:

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The measurements are approximate, adjust to your tastes.

Chocolate Smoothie

  • 1-2 Tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1-2 Tablespoons date sugar or 2 teaspoons molasses
  • 1 cup frozen cherries
  • 1 cup plant-based milk

Blend all ingredients together and enjoy!

 

Hot Cocoa

  • 1-2 Tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1-2 Tablespoons date sugar or 2 teaspoons molasses
  • 1 cup plant-based milk

Blend all ingredients together, heat to preferred temperature and enjoy!

 

Chocolate Pudding

  • 1-2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1-2 tablespoons date sugar or 2 teaspoons molasses
  • 1 cup tofu

Blend all ingredients together and enjoy!

 

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  • ~2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 cup frozen cherries or strawberries
  • ¼ cup plant-based milk
  • ¼ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ¼ cup dates

Blend all ingredients together and enjoy!

 

** Get quality natural ingredients at Thrive Market at wholesale prices.

 

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