February 12th, 2019
With Valentines Day approaching, many wonder how chocolate affects their health. The answer is not straight forward. There are studies that indicate chocolate can be beneficial to health, and there are other studies that suggest otherwise.
Chocolate comes in several different varieties, the most popular being milk chocolate and dark chocolate. The difference is that dark chocolate contains a higher percentage of Cacao. “Milk chocolate, the most popular type in America, typically contains about 10 percent cocoa liquor… compared with a minimum of 35 percent found in dark chocolate,” says the American Heart Association, which means Because there is more cocoa in dark chocolate, it is highest in flavonoids which associated with a lower risk of heart disease. Other studies have suggested that consuming chocolate also results in reducing high blood pressure and helps lower the risk of insulin resistance. Recent studies suggest otherwise.
According to the American Heart Association, a study was conducted in 2017 where participates consumed dark chocolate, cocoa and almonds together. These foods combined resulted in lower “bad” LDL cholesterol. However, when they removed almonds from the study, dark chocolate and cocoa alone did not have an impact on heart health. The findings differ from previous studies because of the amount of flavonoids in the previous study was far greater than normal daily consumption.
The results of these studies conclude that while flavonoids have a positive impact on health, the number of flavonoids in a normal daily intake of dark chocolate is not significant enough to aid health. This does not mean that chocolate shouldn’t be consumed, chocolate can be enjoyed in moderation and part of a balanced diet, however, it should not be consumed with the thought that it will make you healthier.