Lower Blood Pressure With This Tasty Treat

March 22, 2013 | By | 25 Comments

This tasty treat lowers blood pressure and keeps your ticker beating strong…

Wouldn’t it be amazing if cookies, candies, and pastries were actually healthy? Unfortunately, that’s not the case and everybody knows it. In fact, if something is REALLY tasty, it’s usually bad for you.

Having said that, there is an exception to that rule. And I’m not referring to your favorite fruit or vegetable either. There is indeed a treat that – according to most people is extremely satisfying – and yet still manages to do your body good.

A lot of good actually…

As it turns out, dark chocolate is such a treat because it lowers blood pressure. Of course, if you have out of control hypertension, you can’t expect to pop a few squares and get back to normal. Nevertheless, it has been shown to decrease it by a few points.

Not bad right? After all, every little bit helps. And the fact that it tastes great too should make it a staple of your diet – even if you don’t have high blood pressure.

But what exactly gives dark chocolate its BP-lowering properties?

In a nutshell, it’s flavonol content. It’s an anti-oxidant that, according to studies, increases nitric oxide production in your arteries. This gas causes them to relax and become less stiff. Naturally, this leads to lower pressure which protects you from heart disease down the road.

Now, while this tasty treat is indeed good for you, it’s important not to overdo it. Cocoa is bitter and so the chocolate you end up buying is flavored with sugar. Obviously if you eat bar after bar you’ll take in enough of the latter to cancel out any health benefits.

Therefore, the darker the chocolate, the better. Aim for a cocoa content of 70% or more. That, and limit it to a few squares per day. By doing so you’ll both satisfy your sweet tooth and keep your ticker beating strong into old age.

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Comments (25)

  1. ken kendzor

    My wife and myself have been on your died for 3 weeks now and are happy with the results. We have found some bars that are Atkins they have 1 gram of sugar some cases 2. I would like to know if your think these are okay to have for a meal, snack or treat they are very good. I look forward to your reply. Thank you Ken Kendzor

  2. Roy Morey

    Are seeds a good snack?

  3. Jackie Hamilton

    Started diet 3 wks &2 days ago. Had no issues dropping carbs & sugars – have dropped a total of 10 lbs as this morning. Can’t start workouts until I get the clear from PCP( had bronchitis and pneumonia for 5 wks) the Slimbiotine Probiotic affect really helped because of 2 rounds of antibiotics.

    The only thing I miss is cream in my decaf coffee which I used to have 3-4 x wk. tried skim…it’s awful.

    Questions : is there a substitution for brussel sprouts????? I absolutely hate them.
    And found fasting a very easy preferred way to accomplish with 2 meals a day .
    Is there a problem with establishing that a a regular practice?????

  4. Donald bisping

    Can we have popcorn on this? Also do we have to eat green peppers?

  5. Donald Bisping

    Can we have popcorn. After the two weeks can we have a cheat meal? Also do we have to eat green peppers?

    • Hi Donald,

      You can have popcorn as part of your cheat meal. You do not have to eat green peppers if you do not want to.

      Cheat meals are one sitting or one occasion of eating and drinking. For example, if you have a pizza and you drink a soda with it and then have ice cream, that is all considered one cheat meal. If you have a good meal and finish that with an ice cream, that is also counted as one cheat meal. If you have a mid afternoon chocolate, that is also considered one cheat meal.

      What cheat meals are not is cheat days and cheat weekends. The idea is that if you eat well 21 meals a week you have something that is not good for your health but you enjoy it 1-2 times a week, in the grand picture, it will not have an significant impact on your progress but it will allow you to feel not so restricted.

  6. Dear Mr. Ward,

    I have been taking multible vitamins. Can I continue to take them with the slimbiotin vitamins?

      • Adebowale

        Dear Mr. Wards:

        I have just started taking the Slimibiothin about 2 weeks ago and I noticed a feeling of nausea. I even threw up, but I am not sure it was due to the Slimbiothin. Is this a common symptom associated with initial exposure to it. Everything is now settled down and I am tolerating it. Are we supposed to use probiotics for the rest of our lives or for sometime stopped and retake it?

        • Hi Adebowale,

          If your gut has a lot of bad bacteria it is possible to have nausea. The longer you take the probiotic the better your gut bacteria will be balanced.

  7. Debra Kane

    Wow, I just came up against a problem because of NOT reading a label : I was going to use diced tomatoes with added celery and onion but they have added sugar. I didn’t read the label before I bought the tomatoes. I’m going to save them for a “cheat” (or treat) meal in a couple of weeks.

  8. Debra Kane

    What about mustard? Plain mustard has no sugar and seems harmless.

  9. Debra Kane

    James, I would like to know if apple cider vinegar in plastic #1 bottles is safe to use. Thanks.

  10. Debra Kane

    Great news! I am beginning day #9 of the Cruise Control Diet Plan and I have lost 8 pounds!

  11. Barbara

    Aside from nuts and a fruit what would you suggest as a snack after dinner? I love nuts but is it possible to ear too many during the day. Thanks Jim. So far this way of eating suits me fine.

    • Hi Barbara,

      You can have fruit and raw veggies for snacks such as any type of berries an apple with peanut butter, cauliflower, broccoli, carrots, cucumbers, celery with peanut butter.

      Seeds and nuts of any kind are also allowed without limitations.

  12. Mary Lou Shiveley

    Help!
    After 2 days on the diet and the probiotic, I was hit with serious weakness, almost to the fainting point, but not quite. It has lasted most of the day. Broke with diet and added whole wheat sandwich thins for my burger. Faintness gradually went away an hour later. What happened?

    • Hi Mary Lou,

      The change in your diet may have been to abrupt for you. Make sure that you are eating enough until you are satisfied and start by eliminating sugars from your diet and slowly try to remove starches and carbs from you diet so your body will adjust easier.

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