There is more good news for chocolate lovers. A new study published in the Journal of the American Heart Association (November 29, 2017) highlighted the heart healthy benefits of chocolate. A controlled trial demonstrated that eating nearly 1/3 of a cup of almonds with almost 1/4 cup of dark chocolate and 2 tablespoons of cocoa a day lead to a significant reduction in small dense LDL Cholesterol particles. These particles are widely recognized as a ricks factor for coronary artery disease. It should be noted that eating 1/3 of a cup of almonds a day alone also reduced small dense LDL cholesterol particles.
If you are considering adding almonds and chocolate to your healthy diet, they should be considered to be a portion of your discretionary daily calories (approximately 270 cal per day). Therefore, you should substitute these healthy snacks for other less healthy snacks that you may be consuming.
Chocolate is made from tropical Theobroma cacao tree seeds and its earliest use dates back to the Olmec civilization in Mesoamerica.
After the European discovery of the Americas, chocolate became very popular in the wider world, and its demand exploded.
Chocolate has since become an incredibly popular food product that millions indulge in every day, thanks to its unique, rich, and sweet taste.
There have been multiple research studies published about the health benefits of chocolates. Now, right before the new year when we all are in holiday spirit, the Journal of the American Heart Association published its study again reenforcing the goodness of chocolates. The next time you eat a piece of chocolate, enjoy it fully without guilt.
Happy and healthy new year!