Saturday, May 15, 2010

Enjoy Eating Chocolate And Save Your Heart

People who have a habit of eating chocolate, there is a good news for them. A chocolate a day can keep heart attacks away. Researchers say only one small square of 100 gram chocolate bar (approximately six grams) a day might help lower our blood pressure and reduce the risk for heart disease.
After analysing the diet and health habits of 19,357 people, aged 35 to 65, for at least 10 years, German researchers found that the chocoholics (ate the most chocolate, an average of 7.5 grams a day) had lower blood pressure and were 39% less likely to have a heart attack than the others (ate the least amount of chocolate, an average of 1.7 grams a day).
But, that doesn't mean you will intake chocolate as much as possible, according to German Doctors, eating chocolate shouldn't increase a person's overall intake of calories or reduce the consumption of healthy foods. Small amount of chocolate may help to prevent heart disease, but only if it replaces other energy-dense food, such as snacks, in order to keep body weight stable.
Chocolate releases endorphins in the brain that acts as a pain reliever, will boost appetite without causing weight gain, reduces the risk of heart disease and cancer and increases longevity.
Cocoa, the main ingredients of chocolate, is an excellent source of polyphenols. Polyphenolls are very good antioxidants that destroys free radicals in a body. Free radicals are very dangerous to human body, can cause cancer and heart diseases.
Chocolates have a large amount of nitric oxide. It helps in maintaining a healthy blood pressure.
So, don't be too late... forget about your teeth, start eating chocolate from today itself... at least one small square a day and live a life with a fewer chances of heart attacks and strokes.      

(Source: Times of India)

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