Well Being

Rejoice:Dark Chocolate Actually Is Good For You

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dark chocolate is good for youSometimes science is horrible and discouraging, other times it implies that dark chocolate is healthy.

Unlike most other delicious and decadent foods, dark chocolate actually is good for your heart and science can prove it. According to UPI, new research published in the March issue of The Faseb Journal suggests that eating dark chocolate “helps loosen up stiff arteries and prevents white blood cells from sticking to thickening artery walls — two primary causes of atherosclerosis*.” Woohoo! That's what I like to hear.

The research that proved this encouraging and fantastic benefit to dark chocolate consumption sounds like one of the more fun studies one could ever participate in. Dr. Diederik Esser and his colleagues at Wageningen University's Division of Human Nutrition in The Netherlands fed 44 middle-aged and overweight men 70 grams of dark chocolate a day over two to four weeks and monitored a number health measurements and indicators of vascular health. Yeah, I could eat 70 grams of dark chocolate a day in the name of science and medical research. Absolutely.

Dr. Gerald Weissmann, editor-in-chief of The FASEB Journal, is just as excited about this research as we are.

“The effect that dark chocolate has on our bodies is encouraging not only because it allows us to indulge with less guilt, but also because it could lead the way to therapies that do the same thing as dark chocolate but with better and more consistent results.”

And he has a sense of humor:

“Until the ‘dark chocolate drug' is developed, however, we'll just have to make do with what nature has given us!”

We'll suffer through dark chocolate if it's for our own heart health.

*Atherosclerosis is a kind of hardening of the artieries. It leads to high blood pressure and a higher risk of heart attacks and strokes.

via UPI//Image via Shutterstock