Chocolate has shown to have surprising health benefits. Limited amounts of Dark Chocolate are proven to be beneficial for the liver. With this in mind, our Amsety Bar – the first nutrition bar for liver health, is available in a dark chocolate flavor so that you can support your liver and your taste buds at the same time.
Benefits of Dark Chocolate for your Liver
Moderate amounts of dark chocolate can help with weight loss. According to Dr. Will Clower, a neuroscientist found that a small square of good chocolate melted on the tongue just twenty minutes prior to eating triggers a hormone communicating to the brain that you feel full. Therefore, when it’s time to eat, you end up consuming less. Obesity is closely related with NAFLD (Non-alcoholic fatty liver disease), which is caused by an excess amount of fat in the liver. Maintaining a healthy weight can prevent NALFD.
Another one of the major contributors to weight control is microbes in our gut. The average gut contains about 4lbs of microbes. According to Tim Spector, a professor at King’s College in London, diversifying the food that we eat contributes to weight loss. It’s beneficial to eat food that promotes the growth of good bacteria in the gut. Dark chocolate is one of these types of food, as it has anti-inflammatory and microbial effects.
How does this relate to the liver? Cirrhotic patients suffer from portal hypertension, which means having high blood pressure in the portal vein. Due to the liver being filled with scar tissue, blood cannot flow through the liver properly and it builds up in the veins, causing high blood pressure. Dark Chocolate contains antioxidant effects that help reduce damage to blood vessels of cirrhotic patients and reduce blood pressure.
It is important to note that milk chocolate and white chocolate contain a lot more sugar than dark chocolate, and do not provide the same benefits.
More chocolate, less stress?
This doesn’t mean you should substitute every dinner with any kind of chocolate but if you’re looking for a healthy meal replacement, our Dark Chocolate Amsety Bar is a perfect and healthy choice. Did you know just the scent of chocolate can have a calming effect on your brain? The scent of chocolate activates the brain’s alpha waves which lead to a state of relaxation and feeling of calmness.
According to a study in the journal “Appetite”, it was found that the frequent consumption of chocolate was linked to “better performance on tests such as visual-spatial memory, working memory, scanning and tracking, abstract reasoning and mini-mental state examination”.
We’re sure you are craving a healthy chocolate bar after reading this article. What better way to satisfy your craving than with a healthy Amsety Dark Chocolate Bliss bar? Our Amsety Bars contain no refined sugars, are gluten free, sodium free, organic, lactose-free, vegetarian and kosher! They can be enjoyed as a meal replacement or a healthy snack.
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