Ditch those January diets and cancel the gym membership, chocolate is officially good for you. If you’re still trying to make your way through that Lindt chocolate reindeer, now could be the time to pick up the pace.
Barely a day goes by without some sort of new report about health and what is/isn’t good for you grabs our attention. It seems that you can’t turn a corner without being told the latest health food is suddenly your worst enemy, so I say keep it simple and eat what you want.
Yes, I know these stories come out all the time, but this one sounds pretty legitimate. According to the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition (via Metro), a daily dose of that sweet brown stuff can help lower blood pressure. It’s all to do with something called flavanols — which are naturally found in chocolate.
Not that we need any encouragement to reach for a box of Milk Tray, but this could be a game changer. A month-long survey took place and looked at a study group of 45 healthy German men between the age of 18 to 35. Split into three groups, the men were given either a cocoa flavanol or a dummy pill.
The study was carried out by Dr Ana Rodriguez Mateo of King’s College London. Rodriguez confirmed that you can decrease your blood pressure with “a daily intake of flavanols”. She noted, “Those taking the high dose of cocoa flavanols had an average six-point drop in blood pressure.”
She continued, “We have done a number of studies and the evidence is stronger for people who already have high blood pressure, but we need more clinical data to be sure.” If you need someone to sign up for that experiment, I’m more than happy to oblige.
Sadly, there’s an obvious catch here. According to Rodriguez, the amount of chocolate you’d need to consume to hit these levels would contain enough sugar to power a Duracell Bunny. Instead, doctors suggest taking a cocoa flavanol supplement.
Still, it sounds like a challenge to reach a healthy level of flavanols by munching through a bar of Galaxy. Someone phone Willy Wonka, we’re on the way!
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