Tue Jun 5, 2012, 02:19 PM
cbayer (135,293 posts)
The Dark Chocolate Treatment For Heart Disease
by Kristina ChewJune 1, 20128:37 pm
Amid today’s reports of unemployment in the US and in Europe, rising student debt from loans for college and other not exactly cheery topics, the British Medical Journal tells us that, for people at risk for heart disease, daily consumption of dark chocolate can actually reduce cardiovascular events, such as heart attacks and strokes. Specifically, for those who have metabolic syndrome, which increases their risk for heart disease and diabetes, consuming dark chocolate (which is made up of 60% cocoa solids) can be beneficial.
A number of other studies have noted the potential health effects of chocolate and of dark chocolate in particular; one study suggests it helps to relieve emotional stress. The new study, by researchers from Melbourne, Australia, used a mathematical model to assess the long-term health effects and the cost effectiveness of daily dark chocolate consumption. 2,013 people, who were at high risk of heart disease and had high blood pressure, participated; none had a history of heart disease or diabetes or were undergoing treatment to lower their blood pressure.
With 100% compliance (best case scenario), the researchers show that daily dark chocolate consumption could potentially avert 70 non-fatal and 15 fatal cardiovascular events per 10,000 people treated over 10 years.
Even when compliance levels were reduced to 80%, the number of non-fatal and fatal events potentially averted was 55 and 10 per 10,000 people treated over 10 years, and could still be considered an effective intervention strategy.
The researchers also found that spending only about $42 a year on dark chocolate could have the prevention effects. Dark chocolate contains compounds called flavonoids (which have been shown to be antihypertensive, anti-inflammatory and antithrombotic) and at higher levels than milk or white chocolate; it is not certain if these other types of chocolate might have the same benefits. “Daily dark chocolate consumption,” the researchers conclude, could be an “effective cardiovascular preventive strategy” specifically for those with metabolic syndrome.
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Mon Jun 11, 2012, 10:06 AM
noamnety (19,097 posts)
9. I bought a bag of chocolate nibs
I keep a jar of them by the tv couch, and it's my go-to bored crunchy snack. No sugar or milk added - just the chocolate.. They are strong and bitter enough that I'm not overeating them. A teaspoon or two kills the chocolate cravings. I wish the heath experts would recommend that, instead of presenting the conclusions as if you have to add excess processed sugar to your diet to get the health benefits.
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Tue Jun 12, 2012, 04:48 PM
silverweb (14,177 posts)
10. My daily choco treat.
I have a 16-ounce French press travel mug in which I make my magic elixir every morning:
2 Tbsp finely ground, fair-trade coffee
1 tsp powdered, unsweetened, fair-trade cocoa
1/4 tsp powdered real cinnamon
1 tsp real vanilla extract
Stevia or sweetner of choice to taste
Milk or cream to taste
Everything into the cup with very hot water. Stir well. Use the press to screen out grounds. Enjoy.
A tasty way to kick-start the day, and it's a bonus that the daily dose of chocolate is healthy. Who needs Starbucks?