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Hot Chocolate, it’s not all naughty

Brek26.jpgWhen welcoming the crisp chilly days and nights of winter, nothing is more alluring than knowing the health benefits of drinking hot chocolate, right?! So here goes:

Cocoa and heart

Tea, apples, onions, and red wine all help to reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease, due to their content of beneficial antioxidant polyphenols. Basically this is great for cardio-protection and guess what, cocoa has one of the highest antioxidant polyphenol content!

Help reduce blood pressure

Oh and even small amounts of cocoa can reduce cholesterol in the blood, and can lower blood pressure. Even more, regular intake of cocoa has been shown to improve overall function of vein and arteries.

Cocoa and Antioxidants

Science Daily also states that drinking cocoa may help to fight cancer, heart disease and aging through its antioxidant boosting effect. But most commercial cocoa powders have the antioxidant-containing flavonoids removed because they taste bitter; therefore, in order to obtain the health boosting benefits, consider buying raw cocoa powder, which is a minimally processed cocoa powder!

What’s more? It helps lower LDL cholesterol, reduces the risk of blood clots, increase blood flow to the arteries, lower high blood pressure, boosts cognitive performance and provides essential minerals such as calcium and potassium. We’re sure you didn’t need to read till here to grab yourself a warm yummy hot chocolate! (Remember raw coco powder and stick to a small serving to get your fix without wrecking your waistline).

While we are at it, how about a small tiny piece of lemon drizzle

Which hot drink is your warm companion throughout winter?

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