Weight Control Infocenter
by: Gerald Meyer
It's great news that research found a food that lowers blood pressure
and is healthy for the heart and maybe more. The problem is that the
chocolate most Americans consume is not the same kind. The more popular
kinds of chocolate have little or no positive effect on your health.
Only certain chocolate may be healthy.
Dark chocolate is the chocolate that was found to have positive
effects on blood pressure. Participants given dark, milk, or white
chocolate every day were evaluated in different studies. It turns out
that dark chocolate contains important antioxidants called phenols.
These natural compounds from the cocoa bean are known to increase nitric
oxide, reduce platelet aggregation, and inhibit oxidation of LDL
cholesterol. Cocoa can decrease blood pressure, reduce cholesterol, and
increase your insulin sensitivity. Milk and white chocolate are low in
these antioxidants and do not have the same effect.
The problem is how chocolate is processed in this country. White
chocolate, regardless of where you get it, actually contains no cocoa at
all and is made only from cocoa butter; just the fat from the cocoa
beans. It also contains no phenols. Most of the other chocolate we eat
is made with "dutched" cocoa. The cocoa beans are treated with an
alkaline solution to make them dark in color and to reduce the natural
bitterness from the plant. But, it also reduces almost 90% of the
phenols and most of its healthy benefits. The other problem is that when
made into milk chocolate, the milk seems to prevent the phenols from
being absorbed and, thus, negating any possible benefit from the
The best chocolate for your health appears to be dark chocolate. In
the European studies done, they ate 100gm of chocolate a day (100 grams
equals approx. 3.5 ounces). That's the equivalent to 2 1/2 regular size
Hershey's bars. It also adds about 550 calories to the diet. They were
instructed to substitute this amount of calories from other foods they
normally ate each day. You would have to do the same or forego its
healthy benefits by increasing your waistline. European chocolate in
general is healthier than that found in America due to the fact that it
is less processed than ours and contains more of the heart healthy
antioxidants. Dark chocolate is an acquired taste for most Americans
since it is much more bitter than its milky counterpart.
So why is this research being touted as the 'best medical news in
ages'? It appears to be one more way we look to justify the unhealthy
diets we follow. When people hear that chocolate is now healthy, they
don't hear any of the other restrictions involved, and don't want to. In
fact, most people wouldn't want to change to a more bitter tasting
chocolate and also cut out over 500 calories from their diets. Our diets
already have enough sweets and this type of news only fuels the diabetic
and obesity epidemics. This kind of medical news will only make most
people add extra calories to their diets and increase their health
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