For dark chocolate lovers out there like me, I am delighted to share further evidence that dark chocolate is a food you can love that loves you back — a true dietary superstar! After following about 20,000 adults for at least 10 years, European researchers reported those who included as little as a small square (7.5 gms) of chocolate daily had lower blood pressure and were 38% less likely to suffer a heart attack or stroke than those who rarely ate chocolate. (European Heart Journal Online, March 31st, 2010) Chocolate, especially dark chocolate, is teeming with potent antioxidants called flavanols. Flavanols work their magic by improving the function of the cells that line arteries. This provides numerous benefits including lower blood pressure and better blood flow. After my lunch each day, I have 2 squares from a 100 gm bar of 72% to 86% dark chocolate. Ahhh….
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