Health Benefits of Chocolate

chocolate benefits and goodnessMany of us usually thinks that chocolate is Bad, its sweet and might destroy your teeth. I’ll help you know the truth about Chocolate.

Chocolate is 100% Veg. as it comes from a bean of a plant named Cacao. Now as it comes from a plant, benefits are from flavonoids, which act as antioxidants. Antioxidants protect the body from aging caused by free radicals, which can cause damage that leads to heart disease. Dark chocolate contains a large number of antioxidants (nearly 8 times the number found in strawberries). Flavonoids also help relax blood pressure through the production of nitric oxide, and balance certain hormones in the body.

(Published in Hindustan Times) New research suggests that eating about two chocolate bars a week could help reduce your risk of stroke. Announced on October 10, the new Swedish study supports previous research in men and women. “The protection started at more than 45 grams [about 1.5ounces] a week,” said researcher Susanna C Larsson, PhD, of the Karolinska Institutet in Stockholm, Sweden, in a statement.

In the study, the group eating the most chocolate (about 2.3 ounces a week) got the most benefit, reducing stroke risks by 20 percent, stated the researchers.

The research is published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology. While prior research has discovered a link between eating chocolate and reduced stroke risk, the study discovered that those subjects who ate the most chocolate were protected a bit more from strokes caused by haemorrhage than strokes caused by obstruction such as blood clots, although the researchers aren’t exactly sure why.

Earlier research has established a link between cocoa-based confections and lowered blood pressure or improvement in blood flow, often attributed to antioxidants. One study announced this summer found that in 1,00,000 patients, with and without heart disease, those who ate the most chocolate had a 37 percent reduction in cardiovascular disease.

But don’t get too excited. The findings come with an important caveat: the healthful molecules are found in the bitter cacao, not in the sugar and fat with which they are routinely combined. So, to gain healthy benefits from chocolate, opt for a good quality dark chocolate that is at least 70 percent cocoa, Larsson noted.


Not all chocolate is heart healthy. White chocolate, which a Harvard researcher points out is “not really chocolate at all,” and milk chocolate may expand the hips rather than help blood flow. And none of the instant cocoa mixes in the local grocery store contain the flavonoids that improve blood vessel function.