Researchers Indicate Eating Chocolate Is Great For Your Health

What would you do if someone told you that what was once considered a sinful food delight has now been shown to have major health benefits?

If you're like everyone else, you would probably run out and buy handfuls of the product, especially if it was chocolate. Well, that's exactly what has happened. According to the American Heart Association (AHA), eating chocolate most likely helps with heart health.

Now chocoholics aren't going to need a lot of convincing to get them to stop feeling guilty, but researchers have found enough medical evidence to suggest the daily consumption of up to 100 mg of chocolate a day results in lower levels of insulin resistance and liver enzymes. These are two key indicators that a person is at risk of heart disease.

These findings were recently presented at the Epidemiology/Lifestyle 2016 Scientific Sessions, an event sponsored by the AHA. The associated studies were conducted over a two-year period with as many as 1,100 adults between the ages 18 and 69 taking part. After monitoring their eating and lifestyle habits, evidence appeared, showing that the individuals who were eating chocolate as part of their everyday diet had healthier levels of the aforementioned conditions.

Keeping in mind that another recent study presented by the journal Appetite indicated chocolate was responsible for better brain function, it's quite possible the world's favorite eating aphrodisiac should now be reclassified as a health food. So what's up? Apparently, chocolate contains high levels of cocoa flavanols, the same kind of flavanols found in red wine, which has also been shown to improve heart health. Oh, by the way, the darker the chocolate, the better the benefits.

So the next time you feel compelled to tell someone they have a chocolate addiction, you might want to follow their lead and visit your local candy store instead of your favorite health food restaurant.

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