Is Chocolate Good for You?


Pure milk chocolate bar

We all know that dark chocolate is the only healthy chocolate right? Wrong. According to an article in the Montreal Gazette by Dr. Mehmet Oz, a professor at the department of surgery at Columbia University, and Dr. Michael Roizen, chief wellness officer at the Cleveland Clinic, all types of chocolate can have health benefits if eaten in moderation.

In the article the doctors point out that all chocolate including dark, extra-dark, milk, etc., can cut risk of heart attack by 37%, stroke by 29%, and diabetes by 29%. These numbers come from a study done at the University of Cambridge involving more than 100,000 patients, which was published in the British Medical Journal. Click here to read the full study. Chocolate is also known to reduce the risk of blood clots and lower blood pressure. By now you, like me, are probably scratching your head wondering how chocolate can be this healthy.

According to the article, “Compounds called polyphenols that boost your levels of nitric oxide, beneficial stuff that keeps your arteries young and flexible” are the reason for the possible health benefits of chocolate. If you would like to learn more details about the health impacts of chocolate check out the Health and Chocolate section of The Story of Chocolate website.

Before you go to the store to buy a pound of chocolate for dinner, remember that moderation is important. Eating too much chocolate can counteract any health benefits. Be calorie conscious when you indulge in your tasty chocolaty treats and chocolate won’t just taste great, it could make you feel great too.

Originally posted on NCA’s Candy Dish blog prior to 2012.