Have a happy heart about eating chocolate

Have a happy heart about eating chocolate

Summary: Newly published research indicates that chocolate may lower the risk of heart disease by a whopping 37%.

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Image courtesy of Flickr user Janineomg. Chocolate lovers have something new to celebrate. According to a recent study published in the British Medical Journal, chocolate may lower the risk of heart disease by a whopping 37%.

Apparently, chocolate in any form (although dark chocolate is still considered to be most efficacious because of its comparatively low sugar and fat content) can help heart and brain health, probably because of its antioxidant content. If you want to know more, there's no shortage of discussion. The web is abuzz with stories about chocolate.

Experts caution that this news is not a good excuse for an all-out, no-holds-barred chocolate binge, because chocolate's sugar and fat content make it a food to be most appropriately enjoyed in moderation.

But a little healthy indulgence in some yummy chocolate can actually be good for you. I'm glad to hear it. My absolute favorite are those dark Dutch chocolate Droste Pastilles (which, come to think of it, I haven't seen in years). I also love those little individually wrapped Hershey's miniatures. The small bars are a great way to easily incorporate portion control into what might otherwise turn into chocolate madness.

Are you happy to hear that chocolate's health benefits have been newly affirmed? What's your favorite kind? Tell us in the TalkBacks below.

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Denise Amrich is a Registered Nurse, the health care advisor for the U.S. Strategic Perspective Institute, and a mentor for the Virtual Campus at Florida's Brevard Community College.


Nothing in this article is meant to be a substitute for medical advice, and shouldn't be considered as such. If you are in need of medical help, please see your doctor.

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  • RE: Have a happy heart about eating chocolate

    Pssht.

    Chocolate Cornets or bust.

    For the uninformed, it's basically bread filled with a chocolate custard.
    Aerowind
  • RE: Have a happy heart about eating chocolate

    I've come to prefer slightly bitter dark chocolate, to the point that I don't even like milk chocolate any more.<br><br>Reese's Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Cups are great, though I preferred the mini ones (more chocolate/less peanutbutter) till they pulled them from the shelves for some stupid reason.<br><br>You know you're a serious chocoholic when plain Hershey's Cocoa actually tastes good to you... <img border="0" src="http://www.cnet.com/i/mb/emoticons/wink.gif" alt="wink">

    Edit: And then there's the whole Nutella thing...
    D. W. Bierbaum
    • RE: Have a happy heart about eating chocolate

      @D. W. Bierbaum +1 on the Reese's Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Cups. The dark chocolate Kit Kats are really good too.

      It's nice to know one of my vices can be healthy... LOL
      athynz
  • not all chocolate is equal!

    Commercial dark chocolate that you buy in the stores is indeed full of sugar and bad fats. There is a cutting edge, category creator dark chocolate that has all of the good and none of the bad in dark chocolate. Clinical papers are soon to be published on this 50 person one year weight loss/wellness system in which all 50 participants lost an average 44.6 pounds. Centered around the first high antioxidant protein meal replacement (one shake equals 100 cups of spinach!, this is a new approach to weight loss. The culprit to weight gain, and the inability to keep lost weight off, is free radicals. The high antioxidant diet counteract the free radicals and stop inflammation. You can find more information on a high antioxidant diet under the weight lose tab http://www.myxocai.nl and my blog http://www.thepowerofchocolate.org also check this from Prof.Rodger Corder chocolate as a functional food http://www.fhf.org.uk/meetings/2007-12-11_corder.pdf
    peter langelaar
  • Chocolate development!

    Does anyone do research in developing chocolate? Can the sugar and/or fat be replaced with something else. It is after all for its taste (and tryptophan) that we eat chocolate, not for the sugar or fat.

    Anyway, I see it's now time to take my "hearthmedicine".
    Dukhalion
  • RE: Have a happy heart about eating chocolate

    "although dark chocolate is still considered to be most efficacious because of its comparatively low sugar and fat content."<br><br>Sugar and fat content have ZERO effect on the efficacy of the antioxidants. There certainly has been no data published to support this strange assumption.<br>Pray tell, what mechanism are you suggesting by which sugar and fat interferes with the neutralization of free radicals?

    FYI, the "study" in question was NOT a study, but rather a survey of other studies. NONE of these studies showed this supposed efficacy increase.
    .DeusExMachina.
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