Research Yields Sweet Results
speaking, chocolate really is the world's perfect food"
There's an extra reason to smile next time you receive a heart-shaped box of chocolates. New findings indicate that this traditional gift could make your heart healthier, reduce your risk of cancer, and possibly help you live a longer, healthier life.
Researchers at the Institute have also noticed that control subjects who ingested chocolate showed increased levels of high-density lipoprotein cholesterol (HDL). It has been established that a high ratio of HDL balancing your low-density lipoprotein (LDL) has the benefit of reducing the risk of heart disease.
Professor Tissa Kappagoda of the University of California - Davis has been studying the effects of chocolate's antioxidants (knows as flavanoids) on blood vessels in animals. She said, "Flavanoids found in cocoa stimulate the blood vessels to produce nitric oxide. Nitric oxide relaxes the smooth muscles in blood vessel walls."
Cocoa is just one of a group of plants that produces these beneficial antioxidants. Other sources include tea, grapes, almonds, apples, wine and strawberries.
Besides flavanoids, chocolate also contains vitamins A, B1, C, D, and E, and can contain potassium, sodium, iron, fluorine, magnesium, copper, and zinc.
To Be Learned
The Benefits Of Chocolate
Of course, these findings lead us to an important question - will children still love chocolate when they find out it's good for them?