We all know the news is riddled with fad diets, life changing foods, and often false information. Well I’ve got some good news and some more good news. Dark chocolate can have positive affects on cholesterol levels AND there’s science to prove this! I won’t bore you with the nitty gritty details of a scientific study, but through a double-blind placebo controlled study (what is this? only the gold standard of research studies), research dietitians found regular consumption of these cocoa flavanol dark chocolate bars led to a decrease in total and LDL serum cholesterol. On top of these dark chocolate bars affect on cholesterol, researchers also saw a decrease in systolic blood pressure.
So, what does all this mean? In short, it means you can have your dark chocolate and eat it too. Incorporating dark chocolate into an already healthy diet can have positive affects on your cholesterol and blood pressure.
How? When? Where? Incorporating dark chocolate into your diet it easy! As long as everything is kept in moderation, you can find dark chocolate at all major and local grocery stores or online here at nicobella!
Allen, Robin R., LeAnn Carson, Katherine Kwik-Uribe, Ellen M. Evans, and John W. Erdman, Jr. "Daily Consumption of a Dark Chocolate Containing Flavanols and Added Sterol Esters Affects Cardiovascular Risk Factors in a Normotensive Population with Elevated Cholesterol." The Journal of Nutrition 138.4 (2008): 725-31. Web.
Guest blogger, Carli Barbo, is a graduate of the University of Georgia with a degree in dietetics. She is currently a dietetic intern and graduate student at Georgia State University with hopes to eventually become a registered dietitian. In her free time she likes to try out new recipes, play with her puppy, Sampson, and scoping out Atlanta for new restaurants to try!