Chocolate Health Facts

Dark Chocolate Health Benefits
1. “Although previous studies have linked moderate consumption of dark chocolate to lower rates of high blood pressure and other cardiovascular risks, a new study out of the University of California, San Diego, finds that chocolate may also improve athletic stamina.”
Eating Dark Chocolate Could Improve Physical Endurance August 9, 2011 at 7:30AM.

By Katie Robbins.

2. “If you consume about an ounce of dark chocolate a day, you will see some cardiovascular benefits,” said Jeffrey Blumberg, a professor of nutrition science and policy at Tufts University.
“U.S. dark chocolate sales soar on health benefits”

Fri, May 4 2007. By Anupreeta Das.

3. “The flavanol (-)-epicatechin, a component of cacao (cocoa), has been shown to have multiple health benefits in humans.”…“These findings indicate that (-)-epicatechin alone or in combination with exercise induces an integrated response that includes structural and metabolic changes in skeletal and cardiac muscles resulting in greater endurance capacity.”

(-)-EPICATECHIN ENHANCES FATIGUE RESISTANCE AND OXIDATIVE CAPACITY IN MOUSE MUSCLE. J Physiol. 2011 Jul 25. [Epub ahead of print] Nogueira L, Ramirez-Sanchez I, Perkins GA, Murphy A, Taub PR, Ceballos G, Villarreal FJ, Hogan MC, Malek MH. Source, University of California, San Diego;

4. The good news: “Dark chocolate contains flavanols, antioxidants that seem to have a blood-thinning effect, which can benefit cardiovascular health. And, recently, researchers in Switzerland reported that eating dark chocolate (1.4 ounces of it) every day for two weeks reduced stress hormones, including cortisol, in highly stressed people.”

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6. “New research presented at Europe’s biggest medical meeting Monday suggested chocolate consumption might be associated with a one third reduction in the risk of developing heart disease.”…”Dark chocolate, in particular, contains compounds called flavanols thought to be good for the blood system.”
7. “Five of the studies showed a beneficial link between eating chocolate and cardiovascular health…”
8. “Overall, the findings showed the highest levels of chocolate consumption were associated with a 37 percent reduction in cardiovascular disease and a 29 percent reduction in stroke compared with the lowest levels.”
9. “Evidence does suggest chocolate might have some heart health benefits…”
“Is chocolate good for your heart? It depends”

By Ben Hirschler
PARIS | Mon Aug 29, 2011 4:14am EDT

10. “For chocolate lovers trying to drop a few pounds, new research suggests that it’s still possible to lose weight while indulging your sweet tooth every day.”
11.“Overweight and obese women who added a bit of chocolate or other sweets on top of a healthy diet plan lost about 11 pounds over four months, on average.”

“Chocolate doesn’t have to derail a diet: study”
By Genevra Pittman
NEW YORK | Fri Aug 26, 2011 6:54pm EDT.