Friday, October 17, 2008

How To Find Sugar-Free Dark Chocolate And Obtain It's Health Benifits

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Health benefits of sugar-free dark chocolate
17 July 2008


Good news for chocolate lovers – another study has found that your favourite food may have benefits for your heart.

Published in the July issue of the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, the study found that consuming both dark chocolate and liquid cocoa can improve the health of blood vessels and reduce blood pressure.

However, the American researchers say sugar-free chocolate may offer the best health benefits.

The findings come after a team from the Yale University School of Medicine studied 45 overweight but otherwise healthy adults, with an average age of 53 years, who randomly ate solid dark chocolate, sugar-free cocoa, sugared cocoa and bars containing no cocoa.

The researchers found that both the solid dark chocolate and liquid cocoa significantly improved endothelial function, although when people ate the sugar-free products, their improvement was almost three times greater than the regular cocoa.

The endothelium is the lining of the blood vessel walls and the loss of proper endothelial function is a contributor to blood vessel disease (atherosclerosis).

The researchers also found that blood pressure decreased after people ate the dark chocolate and sugar-free cocoa, but not the sugared cocoa.

The study concludes that eating both solid dark chocolate and liquid cocoa can improve blood vessel function and blood pressure in overweight adults, while sugar-free cocoa preparations may have a greater effect.

However, it should be noted that this was only a small study and did not include people with diabetes. It also does not suggest changing current dietary recommendations.

Source:
- Faridi et al. Acute dark chocolate and cocoa ingestion and endothelial function: a randomised controlled crossover trial. American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, 2008; 88 (1): 58-63.

A Chocolate Hint:

Generally, science has found that natural dark chocolate is higher in flavonoids than milk chocolate. Why, because of the way that cocoa powder and chocolate syrups are manufactured removes most flavonoids.

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Friday, October 3, 2008

How To, Use Dark Chocolate as Treatment

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Although dark chocolate appears to have consistent benefits for cardiometabolic risk factors it is premature to consider it a “treatment” but rather as a part of a heart healthy diet rich in vegetables, whole foods and other polyphenol-rich ingredients. That said, it appears that even small quantities of dark chocolate have health benefits and should be consumed without guilt.

There are a few important caveats to consider:

So far, the vast majority of the health effects of chocolate are only found in dark chocolate. Milk and white chocolates retain all the sugar and fat, but without the healthful polyphenols.

Be careful with high doses of chocolate if you take anticoagulant medications like warfarin, Plavix, or high-dose aspirin (especially if you bruise easily on aspirin).Although poorly studied, there is evidence of a possible interaction between dark chocolate and these medications and laboratory monitoring should occur if you start eating dark chocolate or cacao regularly.

If you have diabetes, the sugar in chocolate still counts towards your total carbohydrate intake. However,very low sugar chocolates are available, and although bitter at first it is an acquired taste.

Few studies have been performed on people with diabetes, and therefore little is known about health benefits of chocolate in this population. In fact, insulin sensitivity has only been studied in people without diabetes.

Hopefully in the future, larger studies will test whether chocolate really is beneficial to long-term cardiovascular health. As if we needed more reasons to enjoy dark chocolate…

References
1. Bruinsma, K. and D.L. Taren, Chocolate: food or drug? J Am Diet Assoc, 1999. 99(10): p. 1249-56.

2. Pastore, P., et al., Determination of biogenic amines in chocolate by ion chromatographic separation and pulsed integrated amperometric detection with implemented wave-form at Au disposable electrode. J Chromatogr A, 2005. 1098(1-2): p. 111-5.

3. Taubert, D., et al., Chocolate and blood pressure in elderly individuals with isolated systolic hypertension. Jama, 2003. 290(8): p. 1029-30.

4. Grassi, D., et al., Cocoa reduces blood pressure and insulin resistance and improves endothelium-dependent vasodilation in hypertensives. Hypertension, 2005. 46(2): p. 398-405.

5. Grassi, D., et al., Short-term administration of dark chocolate is followed by a significant increase in insulin sensitivity and a decrease in blood pressure in healthy persons. Am J Clin Nutr, 2005. 81(3): p. 611-4.

6. Mursu, J., et al., Dark chocolate consumption increases HDL cholesterol concentration and chocolate fatty acids may inhibit lipid peroxidation in healthy humans. Free Radic Biol Med, 2004. 37(9): p. 1351-9.

7. Wang, J.F., et al., A dose-response effect from chocolate consumption on plasma epicatechin and oxidative damage. J Nutr, 2000. 130(8S Suppl): p. 2115S-9S.

8. Wan, Y., et al., Effects of cocoa powder and dark chocolate on LDL oxidative susceptibility and prostaglandin concentrations in humans. Am J Clin Nutr, 2001. 74(5): p. 596-602.

9. Serafini, M., et al., Plasma antioxidants from chocolate. Nature, 2003. 424(6952): p. 1013.

10. Innes, A.J., et al., Dark chocolate inhibits platelet aggregation in healthy volunteers. Platelets, 2003. 14(5): p. 325-7.

11. Unknown. Abstract 4101. American Heart Association Scientific Sessions. 2006.

12. Farouque, H.M., et al., Acute and chronic effects of flavanol-rich cocoa on vascular function in subjects with coronary artery disease: a randomized double-blind placebo-controlled study. Clin Sci (Lond), 2006. 111(1): p. 71-80.

A Chocolate Hint:

Generally, science has found that dark chocolate is higher in flavonoids than milk chocolate. Why, because of the way that cocoa powder and chocolate syrups are manufactured removes most flavonoids.

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Saturday, September 27, 2008

Milk Chocolate vs. Dark Chocolate

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So far, all of the studies described have investigated dark chocolate and compared it to white chocolate, so what about milk chocolate?

Well, so far most signs suggest milk chocolate just does not have all the same benefits. For example, Serafini et al. administered 100g dark chocolate, 100g dark chocolate with added milk, or 100g of milk chocolate to 12 healthy adults [9]. Milk added to the dark chocolate and the milk chocolate produced significantly lower absorption of the polyphenols and therefore did not increase total antioxidant capacity in the blood to the same degree as the dark chocolate alone.

Additional Benefits

An additional cardiometabolic health benefit of dark chocolate appears to be a reduction platelet aggregation, or clotting tendency, of the blood. When blood clots, or thrombi, form prematurely they can become dislodged causing a stroke or heart attack. Typically aspirin or other anticoagulant medications, like warfarin, are taken to “thin the blood” or reduce this stickiness.

However, according to the results of a randomized trial by Innes et al. in 2003, dark chocolate polyphenols may also reduce platelet aggregation[10].

The beneficial effects of dark chocolate were not seen with milk or white chocolate, once again suggesting the dark polyphenols are critically important to this action. The anticoagulant effects of chocolate received additional support by the findings of the GeneSTAR trial[11]. GeneSTAR is intended to study genetic differences in the cardioprotective effects of aspirin, however the study also stumbled onto a protective effect of chocolate.

About 140 people refused to eliminate chocolate from their diets while participating in the study and so the investigators followed this group separately. They discovered chocolate eaters had slowed blood clotting compared to others. Although the protective effect of chocolate was approximately 1/10th of aspirin, the main action appears to be the same.

Research Summary

Reported cardiometabolic benefits of dark chocolate:

Improves blood pressure

Improves insulin sensitivity

Increases HDL (“good”) cholesterol

Reduces oxidation of LDL (“bad”) cholesterol

Increases total antioxidant capacity

Reduces coagulation of the blood



A Chocolate Hint:

Generally, science has found that dark chocolate is higher in flavonoids than milk chocolate. Because of the way that cocoa powder and chocolate syrups are manufactured removes most flavonoids.

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Tuesday, September 9, 2008

Nitric Oxide In Cocoa (Dark Chocolate)

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In the first study, researchers gave Boston
volunteers cocoa with either a high or low
amount of flavonols. Those who drank cocoa
with more flavonols showed more nitric oxide
activity.

"Nitric oxide plays such an important role in
the maintenance of healthy blood pressure and,
in turn, cardiovascular health," said lead
researcher Dr. Norman K. Hollenberg, physician
and professor of medicine at Brigham and Women's
Hospital and Harvard Medical School.

The residents of an island called Kuna in Panama
prompted Hollenberg's study. These indigenous people
rarely develop high blood pressure, although they
drink about 5 cups of cocoa each day and included it
in many recipes. But if they leave the island, the
risk of high blood pressure increases, and studies
found it was not related to salt intake or obesity.

Other articles on lowering Blood Pressure with healthy Chocolate.
- Dark Chocolate Lowers Blood Pressure

A Chocolate Hint:
Don't replace healthy foods with store bought chocolate.

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Thursday, September 4, 2008

Can't Take Asprin For Healthy Blood Flow - Eat Healthy Chocolate

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Researchers have some news for chocolate lovers: it may be good for you.

Scientists reported preliminary evidence recently that cocoa and other chocolates may keep high blood pressure down, your blood flowing and your heart healthy.

The research, which correlates eating flavonoid-rich foods with a reduced risk of cardiovascular disease(1), was presented in February 2002 at the American Association for the Advancement of Science's (AAAS) annual meeting in Boston.

This study compared how blood platelets responded to a flavonol-rich cocoa drink with 25grams of semi-sweet chocolate pieces and a blood-thinning, 81-milligram aspirin dose.

The research found similar reactions to the two, from a group of 20- to 40-year-olds: both the drink and the aspirin prevented platelets from sticking together or clotting, other wise can impede blood flow.

Flavonol-rich cocoa and chocolate act similarly to low-dose aspirin in promoting healthy blood flow. Reducing the blood's ability to clot also reduces the risk of stroke and heart attacks.

Lead study author Dr. Carl Keen cautioned that his team isn't suggesting that people eat a couple of candy bars instead of taking their daily dose of aspirin.

"We're not advocating that people consume flavonol-rich foods in place of aspirin," stressed Keen, who is also the University of California-Davis nutrition department chairman. For people who cannot take aspirin, however, he said eating flavonol-rich foods "may be a useful approach."

He noted one important difference between aspirin and flavonol-rich foods: "The effects you see in aspirin are longer-lasting than the effects you see in flavonols," he said.

Although the trial involved just 40 people, Keen called the results "remarkably robust" and said the platelet effect may be related to the nitric oxide benefits found by Hollenberg's study.

See Nitric Oxide Benefits In the next Article.

A Chocolate Hint:

Generally, science has found that dark chocolate is higher in flavonoids than milk chocolate. Because of the way that cocoa powder and chocolate syrups are manufactured removes most flavonoids.

Don't replace healthy foods with store bought chocolate.

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Sunday, August 3, 2008

Why Is Healthy Chocolate So Important?

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Just take a look at some of the health benefits that many scientific
studies are now showing is directly related in the eating of ‘healthy chocolate’…

• Boosts Respiratory Function (Asthma/Breathing)
• Helps (Joint) Inflammation (Cox 2 Inhibitor)
• Histamine Blocker (Alleviates Allergies)
• Appetite Suppressant (Weight Loss)
• Studies Have Shown ... Decreases LDL "Bad" Cholesterol
• Studies Have Shown ... Prevents Gum Disease and Cavities
• Studies Have Shown ... Controls Blood Sugar (Diabetes)
• High In Fiber (Regularity)
• Subdues Heartburn (Natural Zantac)
• Supplies Essential Oils
• Studies Have Shown ... Regulates Blood Pressure
• Benefits Skin And Hair
• Increases Serotonin Levels (Mood Enhancer, Depression)
• Diabetic Friendly
• Caffeine Free
• Kosher Certified*
• Gluten-free And Trans-Fat Free
• No Artificial Colors Or Flavors
• No Preservatives, Waxes Or Fillers
• Extremely High In Antioxidants, Neutralizing Free Radicals
• Lactose Intolerant Friendly
• Vegetarians And Vegans Friendly

Do you see any health areas that you, your family, or your friends could use help in?


Do you know of an easier and more delicious way to do it with Dark Chocolate?

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Monday, July 28, 2008

Dark Chocolate Treats Diarrhea?

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The medicinal use of cocoa to treat childhood diarrhea and other
intestinal problems was common among the Mayans and Aztecs.
Europeans began writing about this in the mid 1500s, but the practice
is probably far older. Now, 21st century research published in the
October 2005 Journal of Nutrition suggests a scientific basis for
this ancient traditional remedy.

Globally, diarrhea and dehydration are a huge problem.
About 2.5 million children die from diarrhea each year, mostly in
the developing world. In some types of diarrhea (such as some caused
by E. coli and cholera), the intestines actively secrete fluids into
the loose stools, leading to watery diarrhea with dangerous fluid losses.

A protein called CFTR regulates this fluid secretion in the intestines.
So far, no drugs are available that target CFTR during diarrhea.

But chocolate can! For over a year, researchers at
the Children’s Hospital Oakland Research Institute and at the
Institute for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology in Düsseldorf,
Germany have investigated the effects of cocoa (and of cocoa-based
flavenoids) on CFTR. They found that these flavenoids target CFTR,
and can help turn down this fluid-faucet.

This discovery could lead to effective, inexpensive, natural medicines
with few side effects – but that could have a major impact on children’s
health around the world. This would take years. Meanwhile, the ancient
dietary treatment of childhood diarrhea has a scientific basis. Normal
cocoa consumption, in foods or drinks, has enough of these flavenoids
to reduce salt and water losses in diarrhea.

By Alan Greene, MD, FAAP

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