The perfect excuse to cheat on your January diet is finally here (yes, we know it’s only been four days). Studies show that resveratrol, the compound linked to health benefits in red wine, also exists in cocoa, AKA your favorite bar of dark chocolate. Who said you had to give up dessert in January?
According to Eurekalert, the study measured levels of resveratrol and piceid, the “sister component” of the antioxidant rich compound, in six different products. The products tested were cocoa powder, baking dark chocolate, semi-sweet baking chips, milk chocolate, and chocolate syrup. Cocoa powder ranked highest in resveratrol and piceid among its chocolate counterparts. Roasted peanuts and peanut butter were also tested for the two compounds; while the dark chocolate products ranked higher in resveratrol and piceid than its peanut counterparts, a glass of red wine from California still ranked highest.
According to Mercola, resveratrol, the antioxidant found in grape skins and dark chocolate, can potentially lower blood pressure, normalize anti-inflammatory response, and help prevent Alzheimer’s disease. Rest assured, you can now feel a little less guilty for that nightly glass of vino and piece of dark chocolate; as always, moderation is key.
Try our Red Wine Hot Chocolate recipe for ultimate resveratrol benefits!