Why is Chocolate Beneficial for the Heart?
Chocolate has both high antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties, which has a positive effect on our health. These benefit us by helping our system produce insulin, as well as reduce blood pressure. Previously it had been thought that dark chocolate was the only type with these health benefits, but this study found that other types may also provide them.
There is no certainty why chocolate is beneficial for the heart, but scientists have speculated that it is a result of the flavonoids found in the sweet treat. Flavonoids are antioxidants which are also found in tea, red wine, apples, pears, cherries, blueberries and nuts. They appear in large quantities in the cacao seed, which is fermented, dried and roasted to make chocolate. Flavonoids can lower blood pressure, prevent blood clots, improve blood circulation to the heart and brain as well as increase our cognitive function.
Despite these promising results, researchers have suggested that eating chocolate should still be done cautiously, as many of the products are made with high levels of sugar in them. Dark chocolate has up to 70% pure cacao and still remains the best option.