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A Valentines Dilemma… Dark Chocolate vs. Milk Chocolate vs. White Chocolate

The words “healthy chocolate” sounds like a dream come true! but chocolate hasn’t gained the status of health food quite yet. Still, chocolate’s reputation is on the rise, as a growing number of studies suggest that it can be a heart-healthy choice because the antioxidant effect found in cocoa beans. With the wide variety of chocolate available, including milk, dark and white chocolate, how can you tell which is the best for your health? Check on this FitDay article> and compare the facts:

fitday logoNutritional Benefits of Chocolate

Chocolate, like red wine, has been identified as a high-quality source of bioflavonoids. Although doctors and scientists continue to study the overall effects of these plant-based micronutrients, they appear to have the ability to maintain cardiovascular health, provide strong antioxidant benefits and even help prevent cancer. In addition, chocolate contains a variety of other important vitamins and minerals, and even the fats in chocolate seem to have neutral or even positive effects on cholesterol levels. It could also help alleviate chronic fatigue syndrome, help control blood pressure, and regulate the clotting response in the bloodstream. Chocolate also contains chemicals that can help alleviate stress.

The best nutritional benefits are derived from small amounts of chocolate, however. In addition, certain ways in which chocolate is processed can greatly reduce its nutritional value. This is where the variety of different types of chocolate come into play, vastly affecting the nutritional benefit you are likely to achieve.

Different Types of Chocolate

Chocolate can be processed in a number of ways, and the manner in which it is processed has a major effect on its nutritional value. In general, the closer the final chocolate product is to the original cocoa bean, the higher the nutritional benefit will be. The cocoa bean, then, has the highest nutritional content. However, the untreated cocoa bean is extremely bitter, and not at all like the processed chocolate you are used to consuming. So cocoa is treated to make it more palatable. The way it is treated has a large effect on how nutritious it is.

In general, there are three types of chocolate that are processed as chocolate bars: dark chocolate, milk chocolate and white chocolate. Powdered cocoa is also popular, and can have a high nutritional profile if prepared without cream, high-fat milk or large quantities of sugar. The differences between the different types of chocolate bars, though, is profound.

White chocolate is the least nutritious of the three. Containing no cocoa, white chocolate is prepared from the cocoa butter from which the cocoa solids have been removed. This cocoa butter is combined with milk and sugar to create white chocolate. Because the majority of the bioflavanoids from chocolate come from the cocoa solids, white chocolate has very low nutritional value.

White chocolate has cocoa solids, but its overall nutritional profile is reduced by the addition of milk and usually fairly large quantities of sugar. With more fat added via milk solids or even cream, and with additional calories from sugar or other sweeteners, milk chocolate’s nutritional profile is higher than white chocolate’s, but still not very high.

For the best nutritional benefit from chocolate, turn to dark or semi-sweet chocolate. The higher the percentage of cocoa in the bar–many go as high as 70% or more–the more nutritional benefit you will receive. Doctors who recommend chocolate for its antioxidants and bioflavonoids recommend a square of dark or semi-sweet chocolate a couple of times a week for optimum benefit.

Male patient receiving an Emsculpt NEO treatment to the abdominal area.

Frequently Asked Questions

What can EMSCULPT NEO do for me?

EMSCULPT NEO is an amazing noninvasive body sculpting treatment. It’s perfect for patients who are looking to get summer body ready! With this state-of-the-art, two-in-one technology, you build muscle and burn fat at the same time! This treatment provides a 30% reduction in subcutaneous fat and 25% growth in muscle on the treated area after a recommended number of treatments.

How does EMSCULPT NEO work?

While you lie down and relax, EMSCULPT NEO sends high-intensity energies deep below your skin, making your muscles contract in a big way that is like doing thousands of crunches or squats in a few minutes. While your muscles are contracting, the energy from the applicator simultaneously sends warmth to your fat cells, heating them up to the point of destruction. So you build real muscle from the contractions while destroying fat cells that are later naturally eliminated by your body.

How many EMCULPT NEO treatments will I need?

The recommended treatment plan is 4-6 treatments, one week apart. Depending on the patient, you may see improvement in your muscle tone, core strength and posture within a few weeks. And you’ll see fat reduction continue for about 12 weeks after your last treatment.

Are there any patients for whom you do not recommend EMSCULPT NEO?

EMSCULPT NEO is great because it has been shown to be safe and approved for all body and skin types. Contraindications include hernia, recent surgery, and pregnancy, so if a patient has any of these conditions, they should wait until they don’t to get EMSCULPT NEO.

What is the difference between CoolSculpting and EMSCULPT NEO?

CoolSculpting is a well-known treatment that is excellent for reducing unwanted fat in targeted areas. EMSCULPT NEO also reduces fat, but it has the benefit of building muscle, which is what its predecessor EMSCULPT was made to do.

Which treatment you choose depends on what your body needs and your personal goals. If you have great muscle tone and only need to get rid of some extra fat in a specific area like your abdomen or below your chin, CoolSculpting is an excellent option. But if you have loss of muscle tone and need more of a lift or tightening to a certain area like your abs or butt, EMSCULPT NEO is your two-in-one solution.

What is your favorite thing about EMSCULPT NEO?

Not only is this treatment super convenient with one treatment lasting only 30 minutes, but there is also no downtime! Patients can go about their day as they normally would immediately after their visit.

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