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Chocolate on Valentine’s Day Could Mean a Stronger, Healthier Heart

NuGoHeartHealthMonthIt’s February, and with Valentine’s Day here this month, we all have the health of our hearts on our mind. After all, a strong, healthy heart is capable of a stronger, healthier love.  How can we stay healthy with all of that Valentine’s chocolate that often contains unhealthy hydrogenated oil or substitutes unhealthy vegetable fat for all-natural cocoa butter? Well, there’s good news. If you eat REAL Dark Chocolate, it is good for your heart and, unlike milk and white chocolate, is full of great health benefits too.

So, what exactly are the health benefits of eating dark chocolate? For starters, dark chocolate has been proven to lower bad cholesterol (LDL) levels, which, in turn, reduces high blood pressure. But a healthy heart and lower blood pressure aren’t the only benefits to eating dark chocolate. Cocoa, the primary ingredient in REAL Dark Chocolate, is a proven trigger to the pleasure center of the brain and raises serotonin and endorphin levels. The result? A pleasant, happy mood that some people describe as euphoric. Hey, the chocolate may be dark, but your mood doesn’t have to be!

But don’t get fooled by fake dark chocolate. Due to a lack of a FDA standard for dark chocolate, some companies are passing off fake dark chocolate made with fatty vegetable oils (usually palm oil) as being healthy dark chocolate. These fake dark chocolate coated bars may actually raise the unhealthy LDL cholesterol levels that REAL Dark Chocolate is shown to reduce.  Look in the ingredients panel – if palm oil or another vegetable oil is included in the ingredients, it is fake unhealthy chocolate.

Plus, REAL Dark Chocolate has a superior, exploding, rich, chocolate flavor, which is the result of the smooth texture cocoa butter releases when the chocolate melts in your mouth. The fake palm oil chocolate coating raises the melt point of chocolate way above body temperature, so the chocolate does NOT melt in your mouth, imparting a waxy texture and too sweet taste.

Take the delicious taste and health benefits of REAL Dark Chocolate and combine it with protein, the building block of the body, and you’re on your way to a delicious and healthy NuGo bar. We have 16 different varieties coated in heart-healthy REAL Dark Chocolate, offering something for nearly every lifestyle. Whether you’re looking for gluten-free, organic, vegan, low sugar, or even a protein bar for bodybuilding, we have something for you. So, when you go to have a chocolate snack this Valentine’s Day or any day, choose healthy, decadent NuGo REAL Dark Chocolate protein bars.

Looking for a heart-healthy, REAL Dark Chocolate coated NuGo bar that fits your lifestyle? Try one of these:

5 NuGo Dark bars

3 NuGO ORGANIC bars

5 NuGO Slim low sugar bars

1 NuGO STRONGER bodybuilding bar

2 NuGO FREE rice protein bars 

Which dark chocolate coated NuGo bar is your favorite?

 

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Dark Chocolate Linked to Healthy Hearts Once Again

Happy Monday! Many of us were affected by Hurricane Irene this weekend and may have woken up to an especially tough Monday. We hope everyone is doing OK and we’re here to give you a little bit of good news to hopefully make your day a bit brighter. We’ve heard it before, but new studies are giving us even more proof that eating dark chocolate can contribute to a healthier heart.

This new study comes from the University of Cambridge, where 100,000 patients were studied in six studies. The groups, some with heart disease and some without, were compared according to those who consumed the most dark chocolate and those who consumed the least.

The results? Well, the people who had the highest level of dark chocolate consumption had a 37% reduction in cardiovascular disease and a 20% drop in strokes, compared to those who weren’t eating dark chocolate. Wow!

We already knew dark chocolate was a healthy choice, but it’s great to see even more studies being done to prove how good it is for our hearts. Not that you needed another excuse to eat a little bit every day.

But dark chocolate isn’t the only thing that can help make your heart healthier. In fact, according to the article, lots of *good* things can help your heart… Like working less and watching funny movies. Talk about good news for a Monday!

Check out our full line of NuGo Dark Bars, as well as more NuGo bars with REAL dark chocolate… NuGo is the only bar that uses REAL dark chocolate (you won’t find any palm oil coatings here!) and you can taste and feel the difference.

(Photo courtesy of flickr.com/johnloo)

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