An article by Sarah Boseley, Health Editor of The Guardian says that apparently research has proved that Chocolate is good for you.
But before you go dashing to the shops to grab those treats listen on.
Chocolate may be good for the heart, say scientists cautiously, following a large study which found that those who eat more of it are less likely to suffer heart disease and strokes.
Why chocolate-lovers should be better off than those who shun it is not altogether clear, however.while it contains antioxidant flavonoids, known to be protective, it also contains sugar and – especially in the forms popular in the UK – milk powder, which are implicated in weight gain. Obesity is a well-established cause of serious heart problems.
Dieticians suggested that eating chocolate might be helpful because people find it relaxing.
The study was presented at the European Society of Cardiology meeting in Paris and is published online by the British Medical Journal. It was undertaken by Dr Oscar Franco and colleagues from Cambridge University, who wanted to try to establish whether a long-speculated association between chocolate-eating and lower heart disease was real.
This paper doesn’t really say eat chocolate to improve heart health – nor do the authors conclude this either. What they seem to say is, those who don’t deny themselves a sweet treat of chocolate – white or brown – have better cardiovascular outcomes,” said Catherine Collins, a dietician at St George’s Healthcare NHS Trust.”I do feel that the perceived relaxing effect of chocolate (which is recorded in studies as being as soon as the taste and ‘mouthfeel’ of chocolate is experienced, before the product has hit the intestine and contributed to blood levels of sugar/serotonin whatever) is a contributor – perhaps akin to modest alcohol consumption – a relaxing treat, perceived as a ‘de-stressor’ and a food whose cost base is so low it’s affordable by virtually all.