Perhaps you’ve heard about the health benefits of dark chocolate, but if you love chocolate, odds are you’ve wondered if it’s too good to be true. Can chocolate really be good for your health? Health.com recently released a report on a German study that seems to confirm more health benefits for chocolate: it may help reduce the risk of a heart attack or stroke.
The story points out that chocoholics shouldn’t go crazy, though. Just a small amount of dark chocolate—slightly more than one bar a week—seems to do the trick. The chocolate should be dark, and it should replace another high-calorie snack to keep from going overboard in the calorie-intake area.
A few interesting facts from the study:
- People who ate one bar of chocolate per month reduced their risk of a heart attack or stroke by 27%.
- People who ate slightly more than one bar per week reduced their risk of heart attack or stroke by 48%.
The benefits to the heart appear to be the result of reduced blood pressure from flavonoids found in cocoa. Flavonoids are natural compounds that reduce inflammation in arteries and promote artery health. This combination leads to healthier hearts.
Dark chocolate contains the most cocoa, so it contains the most flavonoids. Dark chocolate is best, as it doesn’t have as much saturated fat as milk chocolates. And as mentioned earlier, stick to only a small amount to avoid too many calories and sugar. For more information on Sherman Heart, visit our Heart & Vascular Center.
Read the full article: “Daily chocolate may keep the heart doctor away”
This post is published by Sherman Health to provide general health information. It is not intended to provide personal medical advice, which should be obtained directly from your physician.