Health Benefits in Chocolate?

by Matthew Pellicer on September 4, 2013 - 11:30am

After over a year of one of the largest chocolate companies, Barry Callebaut AG, requesting to the European Union to claim that chocolate has health benefits on their products, they have received the right to do so.

After research at the University of Cambridge, the chocolate manufacturer wanted to raise sales by telling their clients that chocolate has health benefits. It has been proven that cocoa flavanols will help keep a normal blood flow. Their Acticoa line of products are processed in a way to keep more cocoa flavanols than regular chocolate will carry the label about the health benefits.

Although our dentists might not like us eating more chocolate, it has been proven that people who at the most chocolate brought their risk of developing a heart disease down by 37 percent and reduce the chance of stroke by 29 percent. This to me is more than enough to want to eat chocolate because not only is it tasty but it can save my life.

http://www.montrealgazette.com/health/Chocolate+helps+blood+flow+European+Commission+allows/8868135/story.html

Comments

This article caught my attention simply because I love chocolate. Pathetic, I know. However, I have also heard the same claim in the past, that chocolate could have some health benefits, and I was curious of what the arguments were. From what I read in the original post, there is scientific evidence that supports this theory and makes it much more plausible. I can agree that it seems to make sense that chocolate could be beneficial to certain heart conditions it some ways, but I think it is important to keep in mind that everything is good for you "in moderation", which is something some people tend to forget.
If you were to ask me if I would be more inclined to buy chocolate that promoted health benefits, my answer would be yes. Unfortunately, I fall quite easily for these sale tactics!
Here is a good reading for tips on how to maximize the health benefits of chocolate.
http://longevity.about.com/od/lifelongnutrition/p/chocolate.htm

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