How does chocolate benefit my health?

Dr. Mehmet Oz, MD
Cardiologist (Heart Specialist)

You don't always have to say no to that piece of chocolate! In fact, if you are looking to lower your blood pressure or boost your mood, a bite of dark chocolate or a sip of hot cocoa might be the perfect answer. The cocoa found in some of your favorite desserts contains many super powers that can help improve your health, inside and out.

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Eating chocolate, in moderation, can be good for your health, but before you unwrap that candy bar be aware that all chocolate is not created equal. In this video, Dr. Robin Miller reveals the important wording you should look for to make sure you get the biggest health bang for your chocolate buck.

Dr. Jill A. Grimes, MD
Family Practitioner

There is continued evidence that having a few servings (ounces) of dark chocolate each week may not only please your taste buds, but perhaps also your heart. A new study shows that moderate consumption of chocolate—1 to 2 servings per week—reduces your risk of heart failure.

That does not mean eating an extra large Snickers bar every day to enhance your heart health; it means having a few ounces of dark chocolate per week.

Experts know that dark chocolate consumption in moderate amounts has been shown to lower both systolic and diastolic blood pressure. This study suggests that the benefits extend beyond blood pressure and on to consequences of high blood pressure, such as heart failure.

So dip a luscious strawberry into some melted dark European chocolate and enjoy!

Emilia Klapp
Nutrition & Dietetics Specialist

You might think it’s not, but chocolate can be healthy depending on the type of ingredients used in the manufacturing process. High-quality dark chocolate contains a large amount of cocoa, which is high in antioxidants and contains important minerals, such as chromium, that the body needs. If you avoid chocolates made with large amounts of sugar and hydrogenated or partially hydrogenated oils instead of cocoa butter, it is OK to eat chocolate in moderation. The maximum amount recommended is about 50 g a day.

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