Red wine and Dark chocolate

Who loves dark chocolate and red wine? I know I love me some good red wine, I actually prefer red wine over white and to be honest with all of you, I have a bottle of red wine next to me while I am typing (no I am not drunk typing). I am not a fan of dark chocolate and not a huge fan of chocolate, I have to be in the mood for it, to say the least it is not my downfall. Rumor has it that drinking red wine and eating dark chocolate has health benefits and I went digging to see what I could find and I think some of you may be pleased with some of the information and others of you may be shocked.

Red Wine: 

  • Some red wines, if made with high fiber Tempranillo grapes have been known to lower cholesterol levels
  • Protects the heart- the antioxidants reduce the risk of unwanted clotting
  • Controls blood sugar- The skin of red grapes can help regulate blood sugar in diabetics
  • Boost the brain- Resveratrol found in red wine can have a positive keeping a sharp memory
  • Fights off a cold- Again the antioxidants in red wine can help fight infection and protect cells against the effects of free radicals
  • Decreases the chance of cancer- now there was a study done that said the red wine “inhibited the key action of cancer feeding protein” because of the resveratrol. 
  • Prevents the growth of fat cells- the compound piceatannol 
  • Goes great with a nice meal. 
Now this does not mean red wines do not have negative effects on the body, this means just like anyone else, one should drink it in moderation. It is normally suggested one drink per day for women and 2 drinks per day for men. Although, if you ask me.. I don’t do a very good job following the rules. 
Dark chocolate:
  • Lowers blood pressure- if one has reached a certain age and have mild to high blood pressure.
  • dark chocolate contains antioxidants- but not the milk chocolate, and do not wash the down the dark chocolate with milk, otherwise that takes from what the antioxidants will help with
  • Improves blood flow
  • Lower risk of heart disease
  • known to protect the skin from the sun- flavonols can protect against sun induced damage, improve skin hydration and increase skin density
  • Improve brain function- the cocoa was used in a study with elderly people, and it shown to impro ve their cognitive functions
Eat dark chocolate in moderation but choose it over eating milk chocolate, do not load up on dark chocolate because it still has many calories and that means you will want to watch how much of it you consume on a daily basis.  
Between the both of these treats, I am thinking most of you are thinking about going to the store and stocking up on red wine and dark chocolate. Nothing wrong with that, just save me a bottle! Hope you enjoyed the read, feel free to share it on social media, follow me, and leave feedback!
Your fitness blogger, 
Shay-lon xoxo
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Hello! College graduate in exercise science and ACSM Certified Personal Trainer. My blog has all kinds of fun topics, something for everyone who is anyone that involves themselves with fitness. I like to think of fitness as a confidence booster, something to make us feel good and look good & pushes us to do things that make us feel more productive, unstoppable and stronger mentally and physically. My blog focuses on building people, and helping people see their true potential, while also sharing my journey with workouts, competing with powerlifting, and sharing how to's on workouts, so you step inside the gym with more knowledge. I don't know everything but I am on a voyage to build my character, my strength and work on my weaknesses --- with awesome people in my corner who support me and my goals. I plan on being your cheerleader, friend, coach and trainer all-in-one and most of all, I want to be your listener, the person who can listen and gain more knowledge about you and learn what makes fitness important to you; what's your why! (Your why will carry you to the finish line). It's important to have purpose for something, because you will need that purpose when you start to give up on yourself or want to quit. "Don't let the fire that guides you, dim" - Shay-lon Besides the fitness stuff, I reside in Ohio, love dogs and love pizza. Typical 26 year old trying to build an empire that brings out the best in others and makes me the best person I can be in all aspects in my life. Before I die, I want a reason to live, and I was given that reason each day I am able to wake up --- I have learned to not take life for granted and to explore as much as possible because to live with zero regrets would be fantastic! "I've conquered many things, but I still have much to learn about life, because nobody can know everything. & every battle is different" - Shay-lon

27 thoughts on “Red wine and Dark chocolate”

  1. I don’t drink a lot of wine in general but I do love dark chocolate! I think dark chocolate is one of those things you kind of have to adapt to so at first it’ll taste all bitter and stuff but after a while you’ll get used to it and end up loving it 🙂

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    1. I would have to agree, because I prefer milk chocolate , lol. I cannot bite into dark chocolate and enjoy it, I end up spitting it out. Maybe if I milk it down with milk (although that takes away from the benefits)
      I am sure I will have to adapt to it, but maybe when I am old and grey I will appreciate it more. 😛

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      1. It is like adding cocoa powder but with more texture. If you don’t like the slight bitterness or crunch then you may not like it. I like to add it to a smoothie with yogurt, peanut butter, and banana. Soooooo gooooooooood.

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      2. Yeah, I can’t get over the bitterness of dark chocolate, lol. For some reason, my taste buds are not a fan. Although, with all the other ingredients, I may be able to look past the bitterness.

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    1. Lynne,
      Thank you for stopping by to check in on me, I am managing, patiently waiting for my partner to hopefully contact me later this evening to let me know where we go from here. Outside of that, I am living. I do too love my red wine, I still have no interest in dark chocolate, it taste too bitter for my liking. lol

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  2. Not drunk while writing this post.. mmm mmm that’s what I would say!! 😉😘 I eat a lot of dark chocolate for the health benefits *nods* (seriously, though, I like milk chocolate better, but eh). No alcohol for me for now, but red wine is my favourite!

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    1. Hahaha! Well, hey didn’t want my readers to get any ideas, lol. I mean, not that one could tell if I was, because I did a pretty damn good job covering it up writing this post. 😛

      Ugh, how can one stand the bitterness of the dark chocolate, I like milk chocolate too! No alcohol for you? I thought you would help me finish this bottle today?:P

      Nice to hear from you! 😉

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      1. LOL, aHA! 😉 Nah, I can’t mix it with my meds, but once I’m off them again: hello sweet pinot noir! (or whatever’s on sale, really 😉 ). Haha, yeah, I’ve hardly been partying hard for the past couple of weeks XD.

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  3. I understood that all the benefits in red wine are actually from the grapes and grape juice. So if a person just ate some grapes they would get the benefits without the damaging alcohol. Apparently the health benefits of wine were determined by the wine industry.

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    1. Braddahr,
      I think sure grapes provide some good benefits to our health, but people don’t drink wine for the health benefits (in the majority of cases) including myself, I drink it for other reasons. Wine has damaging effects, but so is walking across the street per say. LOL. I personally find that many fitness professionals have agreed to the benefit of wine in moderation, but some also believe in cutting out alcohol as a whole, which I respect as well. I don’t think me telling people not to drink wine and instead eat grapes and drink grape juice would appeal to people and not to mention, if someone told me that, I would laugh and say yeah right, because regardless of the health benefits you may get from the grapes and grape juice, it still stands people drink wine for other reasons.

      Shay-lon

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      1. I hear what you’re saying. What I was trying to express was that we can just promote the health benefits of grapes. Do we need to tie the benefits of grapes into wine, as the wine industry marketing does.
        Maybe it’s like if it’s good to have a glass of water so I say Coke is healthy because it has water in it.

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      2. Hmm, I understand your point. I suppose we don’t necessarily have to, I could have made a post about grapes, but talking about wine, well it goes along with my life and figured more people are interested in wine vs hearing about grapes, 😛 lol. but I do understand what you are saying.

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