There are a lot of buzz these days about the health benefits of dark chocolate. Dark chocolate contains flavonoids that are antioxidants. These nutrients have been shown through research to lower blood pressure when it rises above normal levels. The lighter chocolate, or milk chocolate, which is most often found, does not contain flavonoids in a significant amount. One reason for this is the fact that flavonoids are produced by plants, while the milk in milk chocolate dilutes the antioxidants.
High blood pressure is one of the components of metabolic syndrome. Metabolic syndrome is a group of conditions that include high blood pressure, increased abdominal circumference, lipid abnormalities, insulin resistance, and type 2 diabetes. In metabolic syndrome, high blood pressure and diabetes are linked by association. If a person has two of the components of metabolic syndrome mentioned above, they are considered to have metabolic syndrome.
When it comes to dark chocolate, flavonoids are good for our health. Flavonoids are antioxidants that act as buffers against toxic by-products of cellular metabolism. We never exceed our need for antioxidants. Many people are deficient in antioxidants and take supplements in addition to watching their diet.
A recent study showed that the concentration of flavonoid antioxidants in dark chocolate is very high, with antioxidant levels higher than those in nuts compared to servings.
The researchers reported that the flavonoids found in Hershey’s Kisses were also highly concentrated. This raised the question. How many calories does a Hershey kiss have? A kiss weighs 1/60 of an ounce. In addition, a single kiss contains 2 and 1/3 calories. The researchers reported that a single Hershey kiss per day would be enough to deliver the required amount of flavonoids.
This are very good news. We have an antioxidant whose health benefits are supported by clinical research. Not only that, but the dark chocolate in a Hershey’s Kiss is packed with flavonoids to the point that just one Kiss per day is enough. Very little sugar comes out of this small amount of dark chocolate. Hershey’s kisses are flavonoid pills or so it seems. By the way, if you want to enjoy more than one Hershey kiss, 9 kisses are considered one serving.
Are you ever attracted to sweets at the end of a meal? Do you occasionally want something sweet for a bedtime snack? How about one or more Hershey’s Kisses to meet the requirements? By doing so, you will indulge in the pleasure of the moment while ingesting a powerful and proven antioxidant. The amount of sugar will be small. Consider the Hershey kiss.