Dark Chocolate Surprise

Are you a chocolate fan well if you are then read on, Dirk Taubert, MD, PhD, and colleagues at the University of Cologne, Germany report that eating dark chocolate, not milk chocolate, is good for us. so says their report which appears in The Journal of the American Medical Association.

So does that mean we can all go on a chocolate binge. No, it does not what they are saying is that older individuals that suffer from an increase in blood pressure can be helped by eating moderate amounts of dark chocolate and it may also help fight heart disease and diabetes. However, having said that you do need to balance the extra calorie intake by eating less of other things.

A test carried out on six men and seven women over a 2 week period found that those who had been given dark chocolate to eat benefited from a significant drop in their blood pressure.

Apparently dark chocolate is a potent antioxidant, reports Mauro Serafini, Ph.D. of Italy’s National Institute for Food and Nutrition Research in Rome, and antioxidants gobble up free radicals, these are destructive molecules that are implicated in heart disease and other ailments.

Their report goes on to say that their findings indicate that the milk may interfere with the absorption of antioxidants from chocolate. If you want more info check out this link to BBC news.