Chocolate, which comes from one of nature’s greatest gifts the cacao plant, is something that many people enjoy. We are often told that chocolate is bad for us because it is considered candy. Consuming too much can cause cavities, obesity, and later health problems. However, it is now suggested that daily chocolate intact is actually good for us! Of course this is fantastic news for fellow chocolate lovers.
Professor Saverio Stranges works with the University of Warwick Medical School in the United Kingdom. He is also the scientific director of the Department of Population Health at the Luxembourg Institute of Health. Stranges begs to differ the current perception of chocolate. He notes that dark chocolate has the highest content of antioxidants which is good for us because it can prevent cell damage.
This can also contribute to healthier hearts and livers. A study was conducted on individuals with diabetes. These individuals needed insulin to maintain their glucose levels. Stranges added chocolate to their daily diet. As a result, their bodies rejected insulin at a slow rate and liver functions improved. This is a breakthrough discovery for those who have diabetes and also for those who love chocolate.
While Stranges encourages adding chocolate to a daily diet, there are things to take into consideration. Not all chocolate is created equal. Dark chocolate is the most natural as it contains less additives, sugar, and has a higher content of antioxidants. Processed chocolate tends to taste sweeter and is packed with calories. It is always wise to check the package labeling before purchasing chocolate. If the processed chocolate is purchased, the results will be somewhat counterproductive. Weight gain and cavities can occur. So, is a daily chocolate intake healthy? According to Professor Stranges, the answer is yes. However, do not forget that the intake should be in moderation.