Thursday, December 17, 2009

CHOCOLATE AS MEDICINE

Here's even more evidence that chocolate can make us healthy :
It can lower blood pressure. Researchers at the University of Cologne, Germany, gave 44 people with borderline or mild hypertension 30 calories a day of dark or white chocolate. After about 4 months, the number of dark chocolate eaters diagnosed with hypertension dropped from 86% to 68%. Most likely the results were thanks to the antioxidant effect of dark chocolate, the researchers say.
It can help you burn fat. Chocolate loving men who eat the sweet treat are in better health than those who don't like it, say docs at Imperial College London and Nestle. Over five days, a group of 22 healty young men ate the same food, plus either chocolate or bread. Blood and urine tests showed the chocolate lovers processed fatty foods better & had lower LDL(bad) cholesterol.
YES, indulging every once in a while way have long-term heart benefits - but only when paired with a healthy diet. "You can't eat just chocolate while you sit on the coach and watch TV", says researcher Sunil Kochhar, PhD.

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