The Real Effects Of Chocolate On Health:The Latest!

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

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Sep 25, 2008
by Anonymous


I wish I could try that chocolate bit in the image up there...I wish I could have chocolate every day. I love chocolate :D

Sep 25, 2008
by Aditi Simlai Tiwari

Thats sad...only 2-3 sqaures

Thats sad...only 2-3 sqaures per week??? I'll die.



Aditi Simlai Tiwari
Innovative Fashions Writer

Sep 26, 2008
by Anonymous


What sort of chocolate did they use in their study - was it the kind that has trans fats, preservatives, waxes, fillers, processed sugar and caffeine?

There is a difference! A huge difference!

Sep 27, 2008
by Anonymous

Healthy Chocolate

I love chocolate too! I abstained for a long time because of chronic fatigue syndrome until I discovered "healthy chocolate". Basically, unprocessed dark cocoa, with low glycemic sugars added. Yes - it's still in moderation but I eat about 12 g per day (just a little over the 6.7 g the researchers in the study recommended) - and that's enough for me. Get some raw cocoa and blue agave (either on-line or in a whole foods store) and make hot cocoa with almond milk and blue agave sugar - it's awesome. (1 cup almond milk, 1 Tbsp raw cocoa, and 1 Tbsp blue agave.) Enjoy your chocolate! Jenny