Best News of the Year--Chocolate Is Good for You (March 1, 2006)
Here is unalloyed good news. Chocolate is good for you. As reported in Scientific American, Cocoa Linked to Lower Risk of Disease, a study of elderly Dutch men found that the gentlemen who ate the most chocolate were measurably healthier than those who failed to eat significant quantities of chocolate.
Among those who ate the most chocolate--averaging more than four grams a day--average systolic and diastolic blood pressure was 3.7 and 2.1 millimeters of mercury lower than their chocolate-spurning peers. This result did not hold true for other sweet foods nor did it vary among men who also smoked, were inactive or consumed a lot of alcohol. And, despite being strongly associated with greater intake of calories, chocolate lowered the overall risk of cardiovascular or any other disease by as much as 50 percent.The world may well be going to Hell in a handbasket, as the saying goes, but as long as the handbasket contains chocolate I won't mind the ride down quite as much.
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