Sunday, January 3, 2016

Dr. Lisa Shaver on Chocolate

Easy 2-ingredient (chocolate/water) chocolate mousse. That's doable for anyone! (See health effects of chocolate below)
Just keep the amount you eat at any one time to a little bit and you're okay. Yes, I inferred 'chocolate' and 'moderation' in one sentence! All studies are done on DARK chocolate, not milk chocolate.
Chocolate contains flavanoids and flavanols, such as anthocyanidin and epicatechins.
The darker the chocolate, the more flavanoids and flavanols it contains.
Chocolate has been lauded by some experts for its antioxidant content.
Some studies have SUGGESTED chocolate COULD lower cholesterol levels and prevent memory decline. Not yet proven.
Chocolate MAY help increase walking distance for people with peripheral artery disease.
A cocoa extract - called lavado - MAY reduce or block damage to nerve pathways found in patients with Alzheimer's disease.
A cocoa product COULD help patients with kidney failure to improve their blood vessel function

Chocolate consumption has been ASSOCIATED with conditions such as diabetes, coronary heart disease and hypertension.
Chocolate MAY cause poor bone structure and osteoporosis.
Chocolate contains a large number of calories.
The high sugar content in chocolate CAN lead to tooth decay.
The average American consumes around 4.5 kg of chocolate each year. HOLY MOLY!
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