Dark Chocolate Has Most Benefits, Study Found
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Dark Chocolate Has Most Benefits, Study Found

San Diego : CA : USA | Apr 29, 2012 at 4:27 AM PDT
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With regards to heart health, the chocolate is not totally the same, a new study found.

The finding of a new study was conducted by the researchers at San Diego University. The researchers compared the dark chocolate and white chocolate and examine which one does give the most advantage.

Among the flavourful types of chocolates, the dark chocolate which consist the highest concentration of flavonoids, is suspected by the researchers to have the most health benefits. The flavanoids act as essential pigment molecules which are produced by plants. The compounds increase popularity as the substances are responsible for the cardioprotective effects of red wine.

The researchers’ purpose is specifically to find out what benefits would happen if people ate chocolate every day, and see the differences of the health effects brought by different kinds of chocolates. The highest concentration can be found in the cocoa are the flavanoids but these are not present in white chocolate.

After the researchers examine the cholesterol levels, blood sugar levels and blood pressure of their experimental subjects, each of the 31 participants, who are very lucky, were either fed by the researchers of dark chocolate of white chocolate for 15 days.

The researchers found out that those experimental subjects who ate dark chocolate were found to have lower blood sugar levels and better cholesterol ratios. Compare to participants who ate white chocolate, the dark chocolate eaters are benefited with more good cholesterol or known as HDL, and less LDL or bad cholesterol.

Because of the results in the study of the researchers with regards to the benefits of different types of chocolates, researchers concluded that among the chocolates, the dark chocolate groups are the most beneficial when it comes to positive changes in factors linked to heart disease. It has the factors that reduce the risk of future cardiovascular disease.

The results are presented by the researchers at the conference Experimental Biology in San Diego.

On the previous studies conducted in animal and select human studies, the researchers found out that the flavanoids are good antioxidants and good for scavenging oxygen radicals responsible for damage and aging. These pigment molecules have also been shown with significance as anti-microbial, anti-cancer and cardio-protective effects.

The small amount intake of dark chocolate is studied with its good results. In Swedish study published 2009 suggest that small amount of chocolates for consumption helped patients improve blood pressure control, and other studies said that dark chocolates provides protective benefits against diabetes.

Ashley Miller, a writer and a fulltime mom, let her kids enjoy in a hottub. During weekends, her kids invite their friends to go bathing in their hottubs. She prepares everything from towels to kids’ play stuff. The way I see it, kids love her because of the way she takes care of them.

ashleymiller is based in Los Angeles, California, United States of America, and is a Stringer on Allvoices.
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