Does your chocolate contain antioxidants?
Bigtime. According to the USDA, the average ORAC value of pure dark chocolate is 49,944, which is 10x greater than the ORAC value of raw blueberries (4,669) and 13x greater than red wine (3,607) - both of which are also considered antioxidant powerhouses.
However, ORAC values only tell one part of the story. Another measure is Total Phenolics. According to the USDA, pure dark chocolate measures 3,580 in Total Phenolics, compared to 429 for raw blueberries and 329 for red wine.
Why are antioxidants and why are they good for you?
Antioxidants are molecules that fight free radicals in your body. Free radicals are compounds that can cause harm if their levels become too high in your body. They’re linked to multiple illnesses, including diabetes, heart disease, and cancer.
Your body needs to maintain a certain balance of free radicals and antioxidants. When free radicals outnumber antioxidants, it can lead to a state called oxidative stress. Prolonged oxidative stress can damage your DNA and other important molecules in your body. This increases your risk of cancer, and some scientists have theorized that it plays a pivotal role in the aging process.
...Berries, green tea, coffee, and dark chocolate are renowned for being good sources of antioxidants.
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