Having heard it too many times in my childhood, I have refrained from using this expression myself... until now: "This hurts me more than it hurts you." Honest.
Chocoholics, we've been told for the last three years how our drug of choice is sooo beneficial to our health. "Oh, chocolate is a wonderful anti-oxidant! Eat it! It will keep you healthy," they said.
Not so fast....
The newest study results on the health benefits of dark chocolate were published in the latest issue of the Journal of Nutrition. The "Moli-sani Project," conducted by the Research Laboratories of the Catholic University in Campobasso, Italy and the National Cancer Institute of Milan, focused on chronic inflammatory state, a major factor in cardiovascular disease that can lead to a heart attack or stroke.
The researchers started with 4,849 healthy subjects who were free from risk factors for cardiac disease, and they tested subjects' blood for levels of C-reactive protein, a blood marker for chronic inflammatory state. A comparison of blood levels of C-reactive protein highly correlated with the subjects' reported consumption of chocolate. Those eating moderate amounts of chocolate had significantly lower levels of C-reactive protein in their blood; thus, the subjects did not reveal chronic inflammatory state and their risk for cardiovascular disease is low.
The Moli-sani Project was so thorough in its study that it isolated all "confounding parameters" like other healthy food habits and regular exercise, so it could observe only the effects of dark chocolate consumption. The study results held: moderate consumption of dark chocolate resulted in low levels of C-reactive protein. Good news!
Now, here's the rub: Moderate consumption of dark chocolate, according to the results of the Moli-sani Project, is equivalent to:
"6.7 grams ( one-quarter of an ounce) of chocolate per day, corresponding to a small square of chocolate twice or three times a week. Beyond these amounts the beneficial effect tends to disappear."
Sorry. I know how you feel.
via: Science Daily
P.S. If you still want to try the Molten Chocolate Lava Cake pictured above, it's available at Amazon.com.
Keeping you posted...