More Reasons to Indulge in Decadent Dark Chocolate

 

By Dr. Duska Dyer

If you love chocolate, you can prepare your palate to make the dark version a regular part of your balanced eating plan.

A new study, published in the British Medical Journal, found that dark chocolate reduces the risk of heart disease. The study was conducted on 2,000 Australian men and women with high blood pressure and at-risk for heart disease. The subjects had no history of heart disease or diabetes and were not currently on blood pressure medication.

The researchers used a mathematical model to determine that consumption of 100 grams of dark chocolate per day resulted in the avoidance of 70 non-fatal and 15 fatal cardiovascular events per 10,000 people over the course of 10 years.

The effectiveness of dark chocolate is linked to the flavonoids and metabolites that are rich in antioxidants and known for effectively lowering blood pressure. These ingredients may also be found in other foods of rich dark color, such as dark cherries, blackberries, red grapes and green and black teas.

Of course, this doesn’t mean that you should freely consume massive quantities of chocolate. The effectiveness against heart disease is linked exclusively to dark chocolate, not milk or white chocolate. Additionally, moderation is key – too much and you consume excess fat and calories – ultimately destroying the real goal.

One thing is for sure, this is one food group everyone will be delighted to add!

 

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