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Dark Chocolate Good For You – who would have thunk it?

I can’t believe this year is going by so fast! It’s already February ….. and Valentine’s Day is right around the corner. Which of course means lots of cards, candy and Snoopy.

I always check the store aisles for Snoopy stuff around each holiday. Sometimes they have cute ones sometimes they don’t.  So far this year I haven’t found any new Snoopy figures that I like which is probably a good thing since I have 1,000’s of Snoopy things already. Because of that I’m really choosy about what I buy – add to that the fact that I don’t like the chocolate candy – so what do I do with that? David, of course, would volunteer to eat it for me – but with diabetes …. not a good idea.

For those out there that do love chocolate – wanted to share part of an article I read in the February issue of the American Legion magazine.

You may already have heard – but several large studies have been conducted and found that there are cardiac benefits to eating chocolate – dark chocolate not the more common milk chocolate … in light to moderation consumption.

The American Heart Association isn’t quite ready to deem dark chocolate ‘heart healthy’ – but find the studies ‘food for thought’ (Wouldn’t you like to be part of that test group?)

There were several test groups and in a case study of 5,000 adults – VA, Brigham & Women’s Hospital & Harvard Medical School – that found those who ate chocolate five or more times a week were about half as likely to have heart disease as those who didn’t partake.   

In Sweden a study of 32,000 women who ate one to two servings of chocolate per week had a 32% lower risk of heart failure. While an Australian study of 1,200 ‘older women’ (what the heck does that mean?)  found that those that ate chocolate at least once a week were 35% less likely to die from coronary heart disease and 60% less likely to die from heart failure – over the 10 year study.

It seems that the dark chocolate has natural antioxidants called flavonoids which may help explain the apparent health benefits of the dark chocolate. Some studies suggest chocolate may also help lower blood pressure, prevent excess blood-clotting and curb inflammation.

Go chocolate!!  And don’t forget your ‘Sweetie’ on Valentine’s Day.

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