We all love that sweet taste milk chocolate gives us, but apparently it also has little chance whatsoever to ensure a healthy diet. A new study shows that, when comparing people who eat milk chocolate and those who eat dark chocolate, the first group might just remain with a nice after taste, but the latters might win the lottery when it comes to improving their health. As previously shown, chocolate is known for its ability of improving the quality of health, so this might be good news for chocolate lovers. Dark chocolate fights artery disease but comes with the well-known downside of weight gaining.
Dark Chocolate fights Artery Disease and improves health
The study conducted by an assistant professor and doctor at Sapienza University in Italy Lorenzo Loffredo showed that dark chocolate eaters have a higher capability of walking longer than the others. The study included men and women being walked on a treadmill for as long as possible. After that, they were randomly assigned milk chocolate bars and dark chocolate bars and then again made to walk the treadmill after two hours. When comparing those two groups, the dark-chocolate eaters walked 17 seconds longer and 39 feet farther than they did in the first phase of the study.
This is due to the power of dark chocolate to fight artery disease by increasing arteries’ flexibility. The way artery disease works is simple: your arteries can narrow in various parts of your body, causing problems with your overall blood circulation, and afterwards making your everyday walking difficult. Dark chocolate fights artery disease through one of its key components, polyphenols, which have been proved to help the blood flow through the arteries, because it helps making them more widen. According to Health 24, older people were used in the sample , aged between 60 and 78, because a higher proportion of them are affected by artery disease. So this new study might make you soon see more older people on the streets eating dark chocolate and speeding their walks vividly.
Or not so fast, because apparently artery disease is something you win within a repeated and established lifestyle, which might make the easy solution of eating dark chocolate effective in something more other than fighting artery disease: weight gain. Though choice, right? Well yes, especially since the overall sample of the study was limited to 14 men and six women, which might be too small to verify all of the factors that could influence one’s resistance to walking the treadmill.
But in the meantime, all of you who might be aware of having some walking problems caused by twisted blood flows, dark chocolate fights artery disease, so maybe it’s time to eat that chocolate and do that walk to see for yourself.