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Friday, July 06, 2018

HEALTH BENEFITS OF CHOCOLATE

One ounce of dark chocolate per day lowered blood pressure 6 mm Hg, fasting blood sugar 8 mg/dl

People with type 2 diabetes and hypertension who were given one ounce (25 grams) of dark chocolate per day had a 6 mm Hg drop in systolic blood pressure (dropping from 137 to 131 mm Hg), a 6 mm Hg drop in diastolic blood pressure (dropping from 85 to 79 mm Hg), and an 8 mg/dl drop in fasting blood sugar (dropping from 138 to 130 mg/dl) over two months compared to people who given the same amount of white chocolate according to a study from the Iran University of Medical Sciences in Tehran, Iran.

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Posted by Larry Hobbs on Fri, Jul 06, 2018 9:32 am | [0] comments

Friday, June 15, 2018

CHOCOLATE & DIABETES

Chocolate lowers diabetes risk 7-41% in men

Men consuming 1-3 servings of chocolate per month were 7% less likely to get diabetes during an average follow-up of 9.2 years compared to men who never ate chocolate according to data from 18,235 male physicians in the Physicians Health Study.

Men consuming 1 serving of chocolate per week were 14% less likely to get diabetes during an average follow-up of 9.2 years compared to men who never ate chocolate according to data from 18,235 male physicians in the Physicians Health Study.

Men consuming 2 or more servings of chocolate/week were 17% less likely to get diabetes during an average follow-up of 9.2 years compared to men who never ate chocolate according to data from 18,235 male physicians in the Physicians Health Study.

The effect was much stronger in normal-weight men (BMI less than 25), and in men younger than 65.

In men younger than 65, those who consume 2 or more servings of chocolate/week were 27% less likely to get diabetes compared to those who never ate chocolate.

In normal-weight men (BMI less than 25), those who consume 2 or more servings of chocolate/week were 41% less likely to get diabetes compared to those who never ate chocolate.

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Wednesday, June 13, 2018

CHOCOLATE & STROKE

People consuming most chocolate, 13% less likely to have stroke, 17% less likely hemorrhagic stroke

People consuming the most chocolate were 13% less likely to have a cerebral infarction (stroke), and 17% less likely to have a hemorrhagic stroke, according to data from six prospective studies.

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Posted by Larry Hobbs on Wed, Jun 13, 2018 8:33 am | [0] comments

CHOCOLATE & HEART DISEASE

People consuming the most chocolate were 10% less likely to have coronary heart disease

People consuming the most chocolate were 10% less likely to have coronary heart disease, and 14% less likely to have a heart attack, according to data from six prospective studies.

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Tuesday, June 12, 2018

People consuming the most chocolate were 17% less likely to have a stroke over 10 years

The one-fourth of people with the highest intake of chocolate were 17% less likely to have a stroke over the next 10 years compared to the one-fourth of people who ate the least according to a study from Sweden.

A meta-analysis of 5 studies found similar results, that people consuming the most chocolate were 19% less likely to have a stroke (of any type) compared to people eating the least, the paper notes.

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Posted by Larry Hobbs on Tue, Jun 12, 2018 1:28 pm | [0] comments

Sunday, June 10, 2018

HEALTH BENEFITS OF CHOCOLATE

People who ate chocolate more than once a week were 48% less likely to get type 2 diabetes

People who ate chocolate more than once a week were 48% less likely to get type 2 diabetes over the next 5 years compared to people who never ate chocolate according to a new study.

This was after adjusting for cardiovascular, lifestyle and dietary factors including other polyphenol-rich beverages.

“Compounds in cocoa and chocolate have established cardiovascular benefits, including beneficial effects on insulin resistance, a risk factor for type 2 diabetes mellitus,”  the paper notes.

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Saturday, May 12, 2018

COCOA

Elderly men who consumed the most cocoa were 47% less likely to die over 15 years

The one-third of elderly men, 65- to 84-years-old, who consumed the most cocoa were 47% less likely to die over the next 15 years compared to the one-third of men who consumed the least cocoa according to The Zutphen Elderly Study.

The one-third of men who consumed the most cocoa consumed an average of 4.2 grams per day which is the amount found in 10 grams of dark chocolate (0.35 ounces of dark chocolate).

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Posted by Larry Hobbs on Sat, May 12, 2018 10:36 am | [0] comments

COCOA

Elderly men who consumed the most cocoa were 50% less likely to die from CVD over 15 years

The one-third of elderly men, 65- to 84-years-old, who consumed the most cocoa were 50% less likely to die from cardiovascular disease (CVD, heart attack or stroke) over the next 15 years compared to the one-third of men who consumed the least cocoa according to The Zutphen Elderly Study.

The one-third of men who consumed the most cocoa consumed an average of 4.2 grams per day which is the amount found in 10 grams of dark chocolate (0.35 ounces of dark chocolate).

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Friday, May 11, 2018

CHOCOLATE

Eating chocolate 2X per week associated with 66% lower risk of cardiac death over 8 years

People who had a heart attack who ate chocolate twice or more per week were 66% less likely to have died from heart-related problems over the 8 years following their heart attack compared to people who never ate chocolate according to the Stockholm Heart Epidemiology Program.

People who ate chocolate up to once a week were 44% less likely to have died from heart-related problems over the 8 years following their heart attack compared to people who never ate chocolate.

People who ate chocolate less than once a month were 27% less likely to have died from heart-related problems over the 8 years following their heart attack compared to people who never ate chocolate.

Chocolate consumption had a strong inverse association with cardiac mortality,” the authors of the study concluded.

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Posted by Larry Hobbs on Fri, May 11, 2018 10:45 am | [0] comments

Sunday, February 19, 2017

COCOA

Men who consumed the most cocoa had lower blood pressure, 3.7 mmHg systolic, 2.1 mmHg diastolic

The one-third of elderly men, 65- to 84-years-old, who consumed the most cocoa had an average systolic blood pressure that was 3.7 mmHg lower and an average diastolic blood pressure that was 2.1 mmHg lower than the one-third of men consuming the least cocoa (none) according to The Zutphen Elderly Study.

The one-third of men who consumed the most cocoa consumed an average of 4.2 grams per day which is the amount found in 10 grams of dark chocolate (0.35 ounces of dark chocolate).

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Posted by Larry Hobbs on Sun, Feb 19, 2017 1:21 pm | [0] comments

Monday, January 02, 2017

HEALTH BENEFITS OF CHOCOLATE

Higher chocolate consumption associated with a 45% lower risk of dying from cardiovascular disease

Higher compared to lower chocolate consumption was associated with a 45% lower risk of dying from cardiovascular disease according to a meta-analysis of three (3) studies.

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Posted by Larry Hobbs on Mon, Jan 02, 2017 11:04 am | [0] comments

HEALTH BENEFITS OF CHOCOLATE

Higher chocolate consumption associated with a 29% lower risk of coronary heart disease

Higher compared to lower chocolate consumption was associated with a 29% lower risk of coronary heart disease according to a meta-analysis of five (5) studies.

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Posted by Larry Hobbs on Mon, Jan 02, 2017 10:51 am | [0] comments

HEALTH BENEFITS OF CHOCOLATE

Higher chocolate consumption associated with a 25% lower risk of heart attack and stroke

Higher compared to lower chocolate consumption was associated with a 25% lower risk of heart attack and stroke according to a meta-analysis of two (2) studies.

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Posted by Larry Hobbs on Mon, Jan 02, 2017 10:42 am | [0] comments

HEALTH BENEFITS OF CHOCOLATE

Higher chocolate consumption associated with a 21% lower risk of stroke

Higher compared to lower chocolate consumption was associated with a 21% lower risk of stroke according to a meta-analysis of five (5) studies.

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Monday, December 26, 2016

HEALTH BENEFITS OF CHOCOLATE

People consuming the most chocolate had a 12% lower risk of coronary heart disease

A number of studies have found that chocolate consumption appears to lower the risk of heart attack and stroke.

The risk of coronary heart disease was 12% lower in the one-fifth of people consuming the most chocolate—0.5 ounces to 3.5 ounces (16-99 grams) per day—compared to people consuming no chocolate over an average follow-up of 11-years according to a recent analysis from researchers in the U.K.

The researchers looked at another five (5) studies and found similar results, that higher versus lower chocolate consumption was associated with a 29% lower risk of coronary heart disease.

Three (3) studies found a 45% lower risk of dying from cardiovascular disease (which includes both heart attack and stroke) among those who consumed the most chocolate versus the least.

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Posted by Larry Hobbs on Mon, Dec 26, 2016 9:57 am | [0] comments

HEALTH BENEFITS OF CHOCOLATE

People consuming the most chocolate had a 23% lower risk of stroke

A number of studies have found that chocolate consumption appears to lower the risk of heart attack and stroke.

The risk of stroke was 23% lower in the one-fifth of people consuming the most chocolate—0.5 ounces to 3.5 ounces (16-99 grams) per day—compared to people consuming no chocolate over an average follow-up of 11-years according to a recent analysis from researchers in the U.K.

The researchers looked at data from another five (5) studies and found similar results, that higher versus lower chocolate consumption was associated with a 21% lower risk of stroke.

Three (3) studies found a 45% lower risk of dying from cardiovascular disease (which includes both heart attack and stroke) among those who consumed the most chocolate versus the least.

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Posted by Larry Hobbs on Mon, Dec 26, 2016 9:27 am | [0] comments

Sunday, December 25, 2016

COCOA & BLOOD PRESSURE

Giving people 3.5 oz of dark chocolate per day decreased blood pressure 4.7 mm Hg / 2.8 mm Hg

Giving people cocoa, an average of 3.5 ounces (100 grams) of dark chocolate per day, for a median of two (2) weeks lowered blood pressure by an average of 4.7 mm Hg systolic (the upper number) and 2.8 mm Hg diastolic (the lower number) compared to those who were not given cocoa according to a meta-analysis of five (5) randomized controlled studies of cocoa administration involving a total of 173 subjects.

“Current randomized dietary studies indicate that consumption of foods rich in cocoa may reduce blood pressure,” the authors of the paper concluded.

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Posted by Larry Hobbs on Sun, Dec 25, 2016 1:57 pm | [0] comments

Monday, March 19, 2007

COCOA

Cocoa prevents diet-induced obesity in rats

Cocoa prevents diet-induced obesity in rats fed a high fat diet by affecting genes involved in fat production according to a recent study from Japan. Read the entire article | Email this article
Posted by Larry Hobbs on Mon, Mar 19, 2007 4:50 am | [9] comments

COCOA

Five tablespoons of cocoa per day increased HDL levels by 24%

People taking 26 grams of cocoa -- the amount in five tablespoons of cocoa -- increased their HDL cholesterol levels by 24 percent after three months according to study from Japan. Read the entire article | Email this article
Posted by Larry Hobbs on Mon, Mar 19, 2007 4:39 am | [0] comments

Tuesday, October 05, 2004

Cocoa powder increases insulin levels an average of 28% more than other flavors

Cocoa powder increases insulin release an average of 28 percent more than other flavors according to a recent study. Read the entire article | Email this article
Posted by Larry Hobbs on Tue, Oct 05, 2004 8:00 am | [0] comments
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