Yeah!!! Finally, some health news that I love. I’m excited at the news that eating chocolate everyday can reduce my lousy LDL and increase my healthy HDL. Of course, we can’t simply ignore the calories of chocolate and eat it all day long, but there are benefits of chocolate in a daily diet.
German researches at the German Institute of Human Nutrition studied people ages 35 to 65 for 10 years. They found that those eating chocolate more chocolate (7.5 grams/day) had fewer heart attacks and strokes than those who ate 1.7 grams a day.
Cocoa contains flavonols which make chocolate so good. Scientist believed that flavonols promote cardiovascular health by boosting the bodies supply of nitric oxide and improving the elasticity of blood vessels and lowering blood pressure. The reduction in incidence of stroke is likely because the cocoa increases blood flow around the brain.
Since dark chocolate has more cocoa than milk chocolate, dark chocolate should provide the most benefit and those who make recommendations suggest that we consume dark chocolate with a cocoa content of at least 70 percent.
Before you go on a chocoholic binge, know that you can get flavonols from other sources. Some food items high in flavonols are onion , bcurly kale, green bean, broccoli, endive, celery, cranberry, and orange juice. If one piece of chocolate leads to another, you may need to stay away and eat a lower calorie, lower fat option.
At least you can have a healthy treat on occasion, if you can’t manage to have chocolate everyday.