Four Potential Health Benefits of Dark Chocolate

Edward Anderton manages customer-facing operations, develops e-commerce solutions, and creates production forecasting tools as the managing director of Scarlata Chocolate in Seattle. Under Edward Anderton’s direction, Scarlata Chocolate creates a wide selection of premium, handcrafted chocolate products. When made with quality, unprocessed ingredients, dark chocolate can offer a number of potential health benefits as explored below.

1. Improves heart health. Dark chocolate contains flavonols that positively affect the body by improving blood flow to the brain and lowering blood pressure. They also reduce the risk of stroke by diminishing the stickiness of blood platelets and making them less likely to clot. Dark chocolates with at least 70 percent cacao with added fat or sugars offer the best heart benefits.

2. Source of antioxidants. Flavonols also possess antioxidants that can improve the function of certain organs and benefit circulatory systems. For instance, studies indicate that flavanol antioxidants may increase blood flow to the brain and reduce the risk of some forms of cancer.

3. Reduces blood pressure. The coco phenols in dark chocolate can help lower blood pressure when consumed in small quantities. One 2015 study found that dark chocolate with high percentages of cacao decreased fasting blood sugar and reduced blood pressure in patients with hypersensitive diabetes.

4. Boosts mood. Chocolate possesses a chemical called phenylethylamine (PEA), which encourages the brain to release endorphins that cause feelings of happiness and contentment.

Obelisco Estate Winery Tasting Features Scarlata Chocolate

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               Obelisco Estate Winery Grapes
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In his role as founder and managing director of Scarlata Chocolate, Edward Anderton supervises all aspects of the company business and organizes numerous customer-facing events. Among other activities, Edward Anderton has arranged fundraisers, festivals, and wine and chocolate tastings, including one at the Obelisco Estate Winery.

On Saturday, October 28, 2017, guests at the award-winning Obelisco Estate Winery’s tasting room at Apple Farm Village sampled a variety of Scarlata Chocolate’s delicious confections. Known for being preservative- and gluten-free, these dark-chocolate treats contain organic ingredients whenever possible, sustainably sourced, fair-trade cacao, and a light touch of sugar.

During the event, the Obelisco Estate Winery offered a selection of Scarlata Chocolate treats specifically paired with a variety of its red wines, all included in the winery’s regular tasting fee. The chocolates, along with the wines, were available for purchase at Obelisco’s Woodinville, Washington, location.