Life Balance (And Some GREAT News!): Eating Chocolate is Healthy!

Written by LeAnn Thieman, CSP, August 12th, 2014

Dark chocolate, which has been shown in several studies to improve artery flexibility, may also help people with peripheral artery disease (PAD) walk a little better.

Reseadark chocolaterchers found that PAD patients with symptoms of intermittent claudication who ate dark chocolate (but not milk chocolate) experienced improved walking autonomy. The dark chocolate eaters showed an 11% increase in maximal walking distance compared with no change in patients who ate equal amounts of milk chocolate.

Dark chocolate enhances artery dilation and blood flow to the limbs, especially during exercise. The single, blind, crossover study included just 20 patients and some say its “clinical implications are limited.” But I say if research proves it, we eat it! It’s good for our bodies and our minds, because this research makes me smile. J

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