It’s hard to find someone who doesn’t think chocolate can melt their taste bud in immense joy. And anyone will be addicted to dark chocolate. We have some general concept that chocolate only can harm our body by giving fat. But there is still a good reason to have a delicious bite on those irresistible bars. A new research explains that eating dark chocolate can lower the augmentation index which actually is a key vascular health predictor and chocolate reduces adhesion of white blood cells to the vessel wall. Hence, it means chocolate can help to get a better heart function.
Dark chocolate mainly assists the arteries to get flexibility while it also prevents white blood cells from sticking to the walls of blood vessels. Both the arterial stiffness and the white blood cell adhesion are known factors which play a significant role in atherosclerosis.
The research team is from Netherland’s Wageningen University. One of the researchers, Diederik Esser explained that the research provides a complete picture of the impact of chocolate consumption in vascular health and shows that increasing flavanol content has no added beneficial effect on vascular health. However, this increased flavanol content clearly affected taste and, thereby, the motivation to eat dark chocolates. So the dark side of chocolate is a healthy one.
Esser and his team have analyzed forty-four middle-aged overweight men over 2 periods of 4 weeks as they consumed 70 grams of chocolate every day. Study participants received either specially produced dark chocolate with high flavanol content or chocolate that was regularly produced.
During the study, participants were advised not to take other certain energy dense food products which could prevent weight gain.
“The effect that dark chocolate has on 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. Until the ‘dark chocolate drug’ is developed, we will just have to make do with what nature has given us”, stated editor-in-Chief of The FASEB Journal that published the study, Gerald Weissmann.
So, if you love to eat chocolate, you can take it easy. It may not harm you if you can maintain a healthy diet chart with one bite of Chocolate. Moreover, it will develop the function of the heart.