A DARK CHOCOLATE a Day Keeps the Doctor Away...

Chocolates - A Dark Chocolate Keeps A Doctor Away
Philippines
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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18 responses
@kiwikidz (753)
• 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.
• Philippines
27 Mar 07
my blood pressure actually is very high, 140/90. i really have to start eating right away. thanks for the response.
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• Philippines
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.
• Philippines
27 Mar 07
thanks for the additional information. it's worthwhile to be aware of the helpful benefits of dark chocolates to our body. thanks.
• United Arab Emirates
13 Apr 07
yes, I'm sure that dark chocolate is healthy and I always eat that type of chocolate, it makes me feel better. Thanks for these information.
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• Philippines
13 Apr 07
just be careful no to eat too much of it because of its high in calories.
• United Arab Emirates
13 Apr 07
Thanks for your concern :).
• Philippines
15 Apr 07
you're most welcome
@freak369 (4743)
• United States
11 Jun 07
I heard that too and was ready to do a backflip! My problem is the only dark chocolate I like is Dove and once I start eating it - there is no stopping.
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• Philippines
11 Jun 07
eating in moderation is still the best. too much of choco gives you more calories. there the problem goes. but if you can burn them through exercises or aerobics, it's just fine.
@maryannemax (12174)
• Sweden
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
• Philippines
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.
@321633wy (1795)
• United States
8 Jun 07
I love chocolate but i did not know how it benefits our health.Thank you for you useful information.After reading your information i think i should start to eat dark chocolate now.:)
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• Philippines
8 Jun 07
just don't over eat my friend. dark chocolates are good for the heart.
@jencai (3415)
• Philippines
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!
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• Philippines
8 Jun 07
it's the best bet...dark chocolates over milk ones. but again, eating too much of it isn't good at all.
@im2good4u (568)
• Philippines
16 Apr 07
i didn't know that my favorite chocolate is this good. i love dark chocolates but most do not because it sometimes have a bitter after taste. now im gonna eat this stuff more often
• Philippines
16 Apr 07
you have to 'coz it makes you healthier. but don't overeat. okay?
@OURDEW (4812)
• United States
15 Apr 07
I guess I picked the right snack today. I just got done eating a mimi dark chocolate bar, sugar free. It was very good. Thanks for the information.
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• Philippines
16 Apr 07
i guess you picked the right information,too. that's right just eat the mini bars. don't take too much. thanks for dropping by.
• Kuwait
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.
• Philippines
15 Apr 07
truly is dark chocolates are healthier compared to other sorties. be a health(y) conscious person. thanks.
@marciascott (25557)
• United States
15 Apr 07
One of Mylotters said that it is good for High Blood pressure. after reading this I believe this. I was just telling a few Ladies about this. this is good information. have a nice week, sure you can be my friend.
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• Philippines
15 Apr 07
this info really helps most specially to those having hypertension. thank you for considering me a friend.
@elisa812 (3033)
• United States
12 Apr 07
Thanks for this post! I had heard about the benefits of dark chocolate, but I didn't know all those details about why it's better. I'm glad cause I usually pick dark chocolate over milk chocolate. :)
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• Philippines
13 Apr 07
now we learned the health benefits dark chocolates give us. share some of your "sweetness" too, to your friends.
@ninong (110)
• Philippines
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.
• Philippines
12 Apr 07
that's a good choice. we have to be a health(y) conscious these days by taking in the right kind of foods for our body.
• India
5 Apr 07
thanks ryanphil, i will try it and find out if this works hope u are right as i hate to go to the doctor and his medicines
• Philippines
12 Apr 07
but again don't eat too much because of its high calories.
@gemini1960 (1162)
• Philippines
30 Mar 07
my children loves to eat chocolates too...and thanks for the additional information that ou have written today in my lot..
• Philippines
13 Apr 07
let's get started. let's be health(y) conscious. be sure we give our kids the right food.
@AmbiePam (46400)
• United States
29 Mar 07
I did read that. I am lucky that I like dark chocolate, although not as much as milk chocolate. However, my family doesn't like dark chocolate at all, and I really wish they did.
• Philippines
13 Apr 07
well, let's get started to be health(y) conscious.
@bgerig (1259)
• United States
4 Apr 07
yes, if I wasn't already a chocolaholic. I love dark chocolate, white c., mile chocolate,e tc. give me chocolate....now!
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@Lakota12 (42794)
• United States
16 Apr 07
so sorry I didnt see this earlier but now we have 2 on this topic right?
• Philippines
16 Apr 07
no problem. i just don't know if our earnings will be affected.
@Lakota12 (42794)
• United States
16 Apr 07
that one I dont know but with all the same question or post getting on here I havent seen anything different except if they delete something I have responded to.
• Philippines
16 Apr 07
we just hope for the best. happy mylotting.