Does chocolate prevent stroke?

Nutrition studies just swept across the newspapers and airwaves are here. These nutrition studies got a lot of attention because chocolate  is popular. One study gives us another reason to eat something we want to eat anyway. But are they true? According to them, they are.

chocolat cacao Does chocolate prevent stroke?

Researchers at the McMaster University, Ontario, released data showing that dark chocolate lowers your risk of stroke, and lessens the likelihood of death after a stroke, as well. It’s not the chocolate that’s so healthy; it’s a flavonid called epicatechin, which is present in the original cocoa beans from which chocolate is made. The plant-based chemical relaxes blood vessels and clears cholesterol, easing blood flow to and from the heart.

But here’s the rub: To offset the bitterness of the cacao beans, chocolate contains a lot of sugar, and sugar’s not good for you. So yes, chocolate is good for you, but only dark chocolate. And it’s only good for you in small doses, so don’t overwhelm your body with a blood sugar spike.

Why is sugar bad for me?

The job of the pancreas is to secrete insulin when needed to process sugar, so when you hit your body with a wallop of sugar, the pancreas goes into overdrive. Experts at the University of Minnesota followed 60,000 people in China and found that stressing the pancreas repeatedly with high doses of sugar leads to inflammation, which in turn sets up a vulnerability to pancreatic cancer.

Conclusion

Allow yourself 3-4 ounces of dark chocolate a day; flavonids are present primarily in dark chocolate; the process used to create milk chocolate dilutes them. So the M&Ms and Hershey’s milk chocolate kisses don’t count. And eat a lot of fruit. Some studies demonstrate that blueberries prevent colon cancer, mangoes and pomegranates prevent breast cancer, and the combination of yogurt and blueberries together cures intestinal disorders.

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