Should we eat more chocolate ?

Should Hershey’s recent study lead you to eat more chocolate?

Posted by Yoni Freedhoff at the Weighty Matters blog.

When interviewed one of the researchers was reported as saying “While the findings from this study do not suggest that people should start eating more chocolate as part of their daily routine, it does suggest that we pay more attention to how dark chocolate and other flavonoid-rich foods might offer cardiovascular benefits,

However, the conclusions of the paper said “...this study shows beneficial effects of acute consumption of cocoa in solid and liquid preparation on cardiac risk in overweight persons. This trial further suggests that the cardioprotective influence of acute cocoa ingestion is attenuated by the sugar content of cocoa-containing beverages and accentuated by the removal of sugar. Further investigation is clearly warranted to determine longer term effects of habitual solid and liquid cocoa ingestion, optimal dosing of chocolate for cardiovascular benefit, variation in beneficial effects among diverse populations, and, ultimately, the influence of dietary cocoa intake on cardiac events“.

One thing strikes me in the conclusions – “Further investigation is clearly warranted” – the mantra of researchers everywhere is evident here.

Another strikes me about the acknowledgements “We thank the study participants for taking part in the study“. AS IF ! The participants should have thanked the researchers for giving them free chocolate and yet another reason to eat it !   🙂

Faridi Z, Njike VY, Dutta S, Ali A, & Katz DL. (2008) Acute dark chocolate and cocoa ingestion and endothelial function: a randomized controlled crossover trial. The American journal of clinical nutrition, 88(1), 58-63. PMID: 18614724 Acute dark chocolate and cocoa ingestion and endothelial function: a randomized controlled crossover trial.

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