I report on the benefits of chocolate with some reservation. While there is little dispute that the cacao in chocolate has extraordinary benefits, the sugar content may undermine these benefits!
That said, in one study involving almost 45,000 people, those who ingested one serving of chocolate a week were 22% less likely to have a stroke than those who did not eat any.
A separate study involving 1,100 participants reported that those who ate 50 grams of chocolate per week were 46% less likely to die following a stroke than those who didn’t.
While researchers consider this evidence less than conclusive, there is some support for the benefits of eating just one bar of chocolate a week for cardiovascular protection.
I recommend that, if you choose to indulge, please make this a treat that comes after a large and well-balanced meal. The impact of the sugar hitting your bloodstream and causing well-documented and significant arterial damage will be much less significant if the sugars are buffered by a large meal of proteins, small amounts of a healthy starch, and lots of green veggies.
www.usatoday.com – Aug. 29 2011
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