A DARK CHOCOLATE a Day Keeps the Doctor Away...
March 27, 2007 8:27am CST
Recent studies show that eating a small, 1.6 ounce bar of dark chocolate is very good for your health. Yes, experiments were conducted in the US using 21 healthy adults and were divided into two groups. One group got a Dark Dove chocolate bar everyday for two weeks. Like other dark chocolate bars with high-cocoa content, this one is loaded with so-called plant flavonoids. Flavonoids keep cholesterol from gathering in blood vessels, reduce the risk of blood clots, and slow down the immune responses that lead to clogged arteries. The second group got dark chocolates, too but without flavonoids. Results showed that those who ate dark chocolates with flavonoids did signigicantly better. Blood tests indicated high levels of plant flavonoids were coursing thru their arteries. While a little dark chocolate is good, a lot is not better. Remember, chocolates are still loaded with calories. If your eating more chocolates, you have to cut back somewhere else. While the findings from this study do not suggest that people should start eating more chocolates as part of their daily routine, it does suggest that we should pay more attention to how dark chocolates and other rich-flavonoids foods might offer cardiovascular benefits. Would you start eating dark chocolates now?
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• New Zealand
27 Mar 07
I heard that on the news also, a really nice way to be allowed to eat chocolate that is good for our health for a change. I have always loved dark chocolate, my Dad always loved it and that was the chocolate that was in the house, although we didn't have that much as times were a bit tough and it was only on special occasions.
27 Mar 07
Yes, I have graduated from eating milk chocolate and have been a dark chocolate convert for some years now. Milk chocolates also have flavonoids but not as much as dark chocolate contains. Adding milk will cancel some of the flavonoid's benefit. I always look out for new brands in the grocery. I do keep a bar or two of dark chocolates in the fridge in case I get some cravings and I do limit my intake. It also true that it is loaded with calories but you can go over the limit if it is just plain chocolate, no fruits or nuts added. I used to just buy the ones that have dark chocolate in the package without concern how much cacao content it has. I have experimented too how strong I can take it and decided that I can only tolerate 60% to 72% cacao content. If you want to start eating dark chocolate now, look for Ghirardelli 60% dark chocolate. I just love it.
10 Jun 07
i really don't like dark chocolates. it's bitter. but my mom loves it and sometimes buy lots of it when we're doing shopping. so, i ended up eating them as well. i did not really fall inlove with it yet but i am getting there... especially now that i've read through your discussion that i will get benefits from eating dark chocs. plus the fact that i have heart disease... whew! this one's good for me... anne
11 Jun 07
sure it does really help reduce the risks of having heart attacks my friend. its bitter taste is the one contributing the efficacy of dark chocos to prevent high blood pressure. just like the bitterness of ampalaya and what it does in preventing diabetes.
8 Jun 07
It's great to hear that information from you. You may not know that I love eating dark chocolates in my life. I'm just not sure if it contains much flavonoids in it. I better check it out the next time I buy dark chocolates. Thank you so much!
15 Apr 07
well i love eating chocolate since then and now specially when i already know about this im going to start the compaing to my family that dark chocolate should be a part of our life because it can save our lives.
12 Apr 07
I have heard something like this before and I think there is merit to this claim. After all, artificial food colorings are known to cause certain diseases. I think I'll start eating dark chocolates now. Once I have money to buy them. Hehe.