Tip of the Week: More studies confirm chocolate benefits

By HeartHawk Latest Reply 2012-10-07 00:07:34 -0500
Started 2012-08-16 22:39:25 -0500

Two new studies came out with more good reasons to eat chocolate. One meta-analysis (a study of multiple studies) confirmed that chocolate consumption produces a small but measurable drop in blood pressure while another suggested that it also improves mental function. Here are links to articles on the subject.



I should point out that there is a point of dimishing returns due to sugar content in chocoloate. Overdoing it will make you gain weight and drive up you blood sugar - two heart risk factors. Go for high cocoa-content dark chocolates (70% and above) ensuring you get more cocoa flavonols (the good stuff) and less sugar (the bad stuff) in each bite. I know some people find it bitter - I used to be one of those. But tastes can change over time. I now regularly eat 90% cocoa chocolate with little problem and can no longer stand milk chocolate (which I used to LOVE)!


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5 replies

Heart-Healthy-Bob 2012-10-06 10:34:01 -0500 Report

I love dark chocolate, but I usually stay away from it because it's difficult for me to eat just a little. One thing I don't like about it is that it contains caffein.