January 13, 2009
This is a fact every woman knows, chocolate is a drug. It may make us fat, but it makes us feel better while it’s making us fat. Isn’t that the definition of a drug? An imbibable bad consequence attached to a good feeling?
On the plus side, chocolate has all sorts of really good things in it to offset the “you’re gonna get fat” vibe. Flavonoids are one of it’s nice little side bennies. Flavinoids are good for your blood pressure and your heart.
Quoting from prohealth.com, “One study found that a substance in cocoa helps the body process nitric oxide (NO), a compound critical for healthy blood flow and blood pressure. Another study showed that flavonols in cocoa prevent fat-like substances in the bloodstream from oxidizing and clogging the arteries, and make blood platelets less likely to stick together and cause clots. Flavonoids are plant compounds with potent antioxidant properties; so far, scientists have found more than 4,000 kinds. Cocoa beans contain large quantities of flavonoids, and so do red wine, tea, cranberries, peanuts, strawberries, apples and many other fruits and vegetables.”
So while I’m drinking my wine and eating my chocolate covered cranberries, I’ll know I’m doing something good for my heart.