Low quality n cheap dark chocolates are harmful for heart patients

March 23rd, 2015

Chocolate craze is never ending. Everyone loves to eat chocolates irrespective of the age and gender. The trend of gifting sweets, chocolates and candies on different occasions is also increasing. People love to send and receive sweets hamper UK which are loaded with all kind of candies and chocolates. Now a day the increasing researches on chocolates widespread benefits increase its consumption level a lot especially dark chocolate.  Heart patients are also taking huge interest in consuming dark chocolate because of the advantage of its positive impact on the heart health. But the true side of the picture is that the chocolate impact solely depends on the quality of the chocolate. People should not be misled into believing that the typical chocolate bar is good for heart health. There are many low quality chocolates present in the market which are highly processed and contained the high amount of butter, cream and sugar and very low in flavanols which are actually responsible for the heart good health. The pure cocoa beans are expensive, that’s why the companies who are selling good quality dark chocolate which are rich in flavanols, these chocolates are expensive too. The cheap and low quality chocolates are compromising heavily on the cocoa content and adding artificial flavors in huge quantity. When the chocolate is lacking in the content of flavanol, it is then of no good for the heart.

There are several epidemiological studies and some small prospective studies have shown that cocoa exerts beneficial cardiovascular effects. The benefit that is imparted by cocoa especially flavanols found in cocoa seed on human health is likely to be the same as that found primarily by some fruits and vegetables like grapes, cherries and apple. The results of some studies shows that cocoa benefits human body by  improvement in endothelial function (the lining of your artery wall), the reduction in platelet function (decreasing the chances of a blood clot), and the potentially beneficial effects on blood pressure, insulin resistance, and blood lipids.

The other component found in dark chocolate i.e”procyanidins” also have a good effect on human body other than cocoa. “Procyanidins” have potential metabolic effects. Research performed at the University of California demonstrated that the polyphenol activity of dark chocolate is similar to a class of antioxidants found in red wine, black and green tea, apples, and onions. Chocolates also process some antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties which help in the reduction of blood pressure and improve insulin resistance.

 A paper published in the journal “Circulation” reported that heart transplant patients who were given a dose of dark chocolate showed significant improvement in measures of blood flow, clotting and vascular function within only two hours. Participants who were given a placebo dose of fake chocolate showed no improvement in any of these measurements.

There are many low quality chocolates are available in the market, eating of which by the heart patients increase in harm of the patient condition and the disease rather than doing good to it. So go for good chocolates brands, it’s after all the matter of your health.

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