We’ve mentioned this several times before but the myth that legitimately associated cheap chocolate (containing vegetable fat and sugar) with obesity continues to be confused with the medicinal properties of dark chocolate. This study, which appears to have been completed last year but has recently appeared in the BMJ, reinforces this view:
For those suffering from high blood pressure the effect of chocolate was so dramatic it could reduce their chances of having a heart attack or stroke by 20 per cent over five years. Chocolate – and especially dark chocolate – contains chemicals known as flavanols which naturally open up blood vessels in the body. That means blood flows more easily and the pressure drops.
For the latest research, Dr Ried and her team combined the results of 15 other studies looking at chocolate and cocoa between 1955 and 2009 covering hundreds of people. They found that for people with hypertension, eating chocolate could reduce the blood pressure by up to five per cent. For those with normal pressure it had no effect.
Another chocolate related myth is that the higher the cocoa content the more bitter the chocolate. We can only suggest you try better quality, perhaps starting with our sample size bee bars?