Thursday, August 16, 2012

Chocolate is Good for You (the Scientists Said So)

It seems like the evidence keeps stacking up for the health benefits of chocolate.  The latest is featured on NPR's food blog The Salt.  Research shows that modest amounts of chocolate daily correlate with a modest drop in blood pressure. 

"The new review on blood pressure included 20 studies varying in length from two to 18 weeks. Volunteers in the studies consumed dark chocolate or cocoa powder each day ranging from 3 to 100 grams (a regular sized 1.5 oz Hershey bar is about 43 grams). And the results? Overall, there were small reductions in blood pressure, averaging 2-3 mm Hg."

Hooray!  Sadly, consuming a major amount of chocolate does not seem to amplify the effect.  That's okay.  Moderation is good.  No, really.  I know, it's hard.  Say it with me: Moderation is good.



Perfectly moderate.  (Plus, my favorite number is 4.)

Yeah, not so much.

Another good thing is meditation.  As noted in the NPR story and elsewhere, it has an even better reputation for lowering blood pressure.

I've tried to meditate with minimal success.  The Literate Baker is not so good and calming and quieting her mind.  Perhaps I should put the two together.  Savoring chocolate with my eyes closed while taking slow deep breaths sounds entirely doable.  I'm going to go try it right now.

Keep it sweet.  Om. Pin It

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