Chocolate is delicious to many, and is used in plenty of desserts. On its own, chocolate is yummy as well. Everyone loves a good candy bar, but most refrain from eating one, as chocolate is supposed to be unhealthy.
And we can see why. Filled with sugar and empty calories, chocolate is seen as something you should enjoy in moderation. There are no good benefits to eating chocolate, right?
Well, that's not necessarily true. According to a study by the Heart Journal, those who eat two chocolate bars a day may have a lower risk of stroke and heart disease.
Wait, what? That sounds too good to be true. But no, people who eat chocolate have an 11 percent decrease in heart attack, and a 23 percent decrease in strokes. These symptoms were not reduced when people stopped eating chocolate.
It's a big study, consisting of over 20,000 people, and the conclusion revealed that about 100 grams of chocolate is ideal, which is quite a lot each day.
However, there are factors that could sway the lowered risk of heart disease and stroke. For instance, those who were tested were usually young, skinny, and didn't have pre-existing conditions.
Chocolate can reduce your risk of health, but you need to live the lifestyle as well.
In other words, a balanced diet and plenty of exercise are still needed if you want to reap the benefits of chocolate. If you're overweight, you should probably reduce the amount of chocolate you eat, and if you have diabetes, go for the sugar-free option.
Also, there are many kinds of chocolate out there, each with their own benefits. Milk chocolate is considered more delicious, but can have more refined sugar. Dark chocolate is considered the healthy alternative, filled with antioxidants. Of course, dark chocolate is a bit bitter, and may be an acquired taste for some.
Regardless, this is good news for chocolate lovers. As it turns out, chocolate isn't so black and white as you thought. Some of it in your diet can be good for you, so as long as you're healthy and eating it in moderation, we say to keep eating it. After all, life is too short not to enjoy some chocolate, so eat up and let out your sweet tooth.