A recent study that combined the results of 42 small clinical trials found that people fed chocolate or cocoa for a few weeks to months had small dips in their blood pressure and improved blood vessel function.
On average, chocolate eaters shaved a couple of points from their blood pressure and they also had a dip in their levels of insulin, a hormone that regulates blood sugar. High insulin levels are linked to an increased risk of type 2 diabetes.
The findings, reported in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, are far from the first to connect chocolate to heart health. A number of widely reported studies have also found that chocolate lovers seem to have lower rates of certain heart risks, like high blood pressure. Unfortunately, I do not fall into this category. I am a patient of essential hypertension since last 18 years.
Admittedly, there are shortcomings in the tests and the results cannot be treated as confirmed effects. However, I buy the result of the research, simply because I love chocolates, especially dark chocolates. Such studies fortify my love for dark chocolates.
Today is the birthday of my wife, Jaya. This post is dedicated to her so that she can enjoy some chocolates and her birthday cake with chocolate!