Welcome to the dark side…

chocolateChocoholics rejoice and make your’s a dark one: researchers at Zurich University have published results from a study that show that dark chocolate doesn’t just taste good or boost your morale. It can also be beneficial for blood flow. Forty grammes of chocolate with at least 70 per cent cocoa content have measurable effects two hours after being eaten. It apparently induces dilatation of heart blood vessels, improves their function and decreases platelet adhesion, responsible for blood clots. The researchers believe this is all due to the large proportion of antioxidants (flavonoids) found in darker chocolate, although these antioxidant virtues are contested by other scientists. With this kind of news, cocoa and chocolate could going up more than expected next year, and chocolate might end up being branded a health food.

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