Just in time for Easter, another study confirms benefits of chocolate
According to the National Confectioners Association, jelly beans are our third favorite candy, and we like the red ones the most. Our number two most favorite candy is, of course, those squishy-marshmallow Peeps. We eat over 700 million of them, hopefully not all at one sitting. But our number one most favorite candy of all this holiday weekend – CHOCOLATE! The chocolate Easter bunny, which always leads to controversy over which part you eat first.
And just in time we have another medical study confirming the health benefits of dark chocolate. The latest comes from Glasgow University, where researchers measured the speed of blood in the brain. They found that chocolate affected carbon dioxide levels, which in turn affected blood vessels and improved blood flow. They found just a single chocolate bar can cut the risk of stroke. But there are some particulars.
“There are definitely some health benefits to eating dark chocolate,” Baylor School of Medicine Nutritionist Kristi King told KTRH, emphasizing the dark. “Studies over the past couple of years have shown that eating dark chocolate can lower blood pressure, increase blood flow to various areas of the body, improve insulin resistance and help to control blood sugar.” King said dark chocolate is high in anti-oxidants, and is known for having the “good” flavinoid. “So when selecting a chocolate,” King said, “we want to look at a dark chocolate that is about 70% k-cal. K-cal is the ground roaster version, and is the highest anti-oxidant form of dark chocolate.”
And Easter is not an inexpensive holiday. Kathy Grannis of the National Retailers Federation filled KTRH in on the costs. The average Easter meal will set you back about $45. Wardrobe adds another $26. Decorations are around $9, flowers just under $10. And then, most importantly, the candy. We spend about $20 for that, including the healthy dark chocolate.