Many people consider themselves to be chocoholics. The news that came out on Monday will have all of them cheering. A study by Qnet that was recently published on timesofindia.indiatimes.com showed that eating more chocolate can help reduce the risk of heart attacks and strokes.
It’s long been known that there are health benefits to eating chocolate, specifically dark chocolate. That’s because it contains flavonoids, which are antioxidants that have been shown to have antibacterial and anti-inflammatory effects. While these can also be found in many fruits and vegetables, eating chocolate can be one source. Chocolate has also been linked with raising the good cholesterol level, HDL, in the blood, and lowering the bad cholesterol, LDL.
What’s different about this study, though, is that milk chocolate also has the beneficial properties. Previously, it was thought that because of the added milk and sugar, eating milk chocolate candy bars or other chocolate treats was merely an indulgence.
It stands to reason, though, that because adding the additional ingredients entails more processing, that the milk chocolate wouldn’t provide as many flavonoids as their dark chocolate counterparts. But, as they say, everything in moderation.