Chocolate remedy

| Post published on June 3, 2011
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Good news for all chocolate lovers! The authors of a review of several extensive studies examining the effects of chocolate on our health reached the conclusion that we should eat chocolate regularly! The review showed that eating chocolate can cut the risk of developing cardiovascular disease, diabetes and stroke by about 30 per cent. Cocoa is high in a specific type of antioxidants (polyphenols) which positively influence our metabolism but because of the high sugar and fat content in most chocolate products, ‘the more the better’ unfortunately isn’t the rule here. However, you can treat yourself to a piece of a nice vegan chocolate guilt-free every day! Dairy-free chocolate tends to contain more cocoa and even vegan ‘milk’ chocolate is better as it doesn’t contain saturated milk fats.

Buitrago-Lopez, A., Sanderson, J., Johnson, L., et al., 2011. Chocolate consumption and cardiometabolic disorders: systematic review and meta-analysis. British Medical Journal. 343:d4488.

About the author
Dr. Justine Butler
I joined Viva! as a health campaigner in 2005 after graduating from Bristol University with a PhD in molecular biology. My scientific training helped me research and write numerous reports, guides and fact sheets for Viva! including Meat the Truth, Fish-Free for Life, One in Nine (breast cancer and diet) and the substantial report on the detrimental health effects of consuming dairy; White Lies. This accompanied Viva!’s report The Dark Side of Dairy which spelt out the inherent cruelty of dairy farming. We were the first UK group to take on the dairy industry in this way, and many of our supporters go vegan after reading these reports.

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