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Is Dark Chocolate Good For Heart Health?

“Dear Rev. Malkmus, Does organic dark chocolate have caffeine in it? I have been told that I should not to be concerned about the caffeine because eating small amounts of it are good for heart heath. I would appreciate your thoughts on this.”
Floyd G.


There is a chocolate craze going on today among raw foodists. There are some who are touting it as the next best thing to carrot juice. But there are some things we need to realize about chocolate even if it is organic.

First, chocolate contains theobromine, a compound similar to caffeine. Personally, I will not consume it and for sure I do not recommend it.

There are so many products on the market today that are touted as being good for this or that, but I try to stick with the basics of what the body needs to make it well and keep it well.

Certainly the body has no need for a good dose of chocolate for its antioxidant content because it also contains a good dose of theobromine.

There are so many other foods on the market that have powerful antioxidant properties without the negative effects of theobromine, or caffeine for that matter.

As far as heart health goes, my formula for heart health is:

  1. Eliminate all animal source foods.
  2. Maintain a diet comprised of 85% raw and 15% cooked plant sourced foods.
  3. Have an exercise program where you get the heart into the aerobic range for a minimum of 20 minutes a day.

I have followed the above formula for heart health for the past 36 years and am now only two years from my 80th birthday.

For heart health as well as the health of the entire body, you can’t beat eating the foods God told us we should eat in Genesis 1:29.


  1. Troedini January 17, 2012

    I get acne every time after eating chocolate.

    Someone say that this is sign of body cleansing?

    How to correct explain this?

  2. Woleteselassie January 17, 2012

    I am vegan and while I agree it is the optimal diet for me we must not have people to believe that God does not want people to eat meat. Its not what goes in the body that defiles it but rather what comes out….. my motto is everything in moderation…..

  3. Marilyn Kachelski January 18, 2012

    I totally agree with this. The chocolate companies have managed to deceive the public on one good point for eating chocolate and completely ignoring the theobromine in it. Chocolate is one of the biggest headache contributors for women. And very addictive – all that caffeine….

  4. Ehilliker7 January 19, 2012

    @Woleteselassie–If God meant for humans to eat the flesh of animals He would have let Adam know about it. But instead He told Adam that his food was to be fruits and grains essentially (Genesis 1:29). By the way, God gave animals the same diet. “Everything in moderation” sounds good on the surface, and that might be OK if everything were beneficial for the human body, but it isn’t. Therefore, we should use temperance with those things that are good for us, and avoid the things that are not. I still have a ways to go in following my own thoughts, but I’m still a work in progress. I’m a vegetarian struggling to become 100% vegan ( I’d say I’m at about 80% vegan at this time). God Bless(es).

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