If you’re a die hard fan of chocolate then there’s good news for you! New scientific research suggests that chocolate – even milk chocolate – could do wonders for your heart and dramatically reduce chances of having cardiovascular disorders. A study conducted by the University of Aberdeen found that people who ate chocolate had a lower risk of cardiovascular disease and stroke, compared to those who didn’t eat any. Professor Phyo Myint, the author of the research says that consuming up to 100g of chocolate per week could have health benefits.Yes! Bring it on! 100 grams is almost about two candy bars a day!
However, he also added that together with ingredients like milk, chocolate also contains sugar it increases the calorie count, which ain’t good! It’s better to have a chunk of dark chocolate. So why not kick back and relax at the end of the day with a few melt-in-the mouth chunks of scrumpalicious dark chocolate or even make a luscious dark chocolate mousse with less added sugar.
Interestingly however, even milk chocolate – which is often thought to be less healthy that dark chocolate – has the same benefical health effects and was eaten frequently by the study’s partcipants.
Looking at the snacking habits of 21,000 people over 12 years, the study discovered that those who consumed higher amounts of chocolate where younger, weighed less and engaged in regular physical activity. They also had lower waist: hip ratios, systolic blood pressure, inflammatory proteins and diabetes—all of which amount to a positive cardiovascular disease risk profile.
Some delicious facts about chocolate that will make you want it even more!
– Eating dark chocolate every day reduces the risk of heart disease by one-third.
– Chocolate magnate Milton Hershey canceled his reservations for the Titanic due to last minute business matters.
– The World’s Largest Chocolate Bar Weighed 5,792 kg (12,770 lb).
– Every second, Americans collectively eat 100 pounds of chocolate.
– The smell of chocolate increases theta brain waves, which triggers relaxation.
– White Chocolate isn’t technically Chocolate, as it contains no cocoa solids or cocoa liquor.
– It takes approximately 400 cacao beans to make one pound (450 gr.) of chocolate.
– The inventor of the Chocolate Chip Cookie sold the idea to Nestle Toll House in return for a lifetime supply of chocolate.
– M&Ms were created in 1941 as a means for soldiers to enjoy chocolate without it melting.
– Chocolate has an anti-bacterial effect on the mouth and protects against tooth decay.