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Janardhana naidu janardhananaidu.g at gmail.com
Sun Apr 4 21:09:07 EDT 2010

Hello Jogi Sir,
Is This the right platform for your article on dark chocolate?
With best regards,
Janardhana Naidu.
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> dark chocolate, according to the latest in a string of scientific studies 
> to show potential health benefits of chocolate.
> German researchers studied more than 19,300 people over a decade and found 
> those who ate the most chocolate - an average of 7.5 grams a day -- had 
> lower blood pressure and a 39 percent lower risk of having a heart attack 
> or stroke than those who ate the least amount of chocolate - an average of 
> 1.7 grams a day.
> But, the difference between the two groups was just under six grams (6g) 
> of chocolate a day, less than one small square of an average 100g bar, 
> they wrote in a study in the European Heart Journal to be published on 
> Wednesday.
> Brian Buijsse of the German Institute of Human Nutrition in Nuthetal, who 
> led the study, said people should not use his work as an excuse to stuff 
> themselves with chocolate.
> "Small amounts of chocolate may help to prevent heart disease, but only if 
> it replaces other energy-dense food, such as snacks, in order to keep body 
> weight stable," he said.
> Although they said more work needed to be done to be sure, the researchers 
> think the flavanols in cocoa may be the reason why chocolate seems to be 
> good for blood pressure and heart health -- and since there is more cocoa 
> in dark chocolate, dark chocolate may have a greater effect.
> Flavanols are a class of the antioxidant flavonoids that are found in many 
> vegetables, cocoa and red wine.
> "Flavanols appear to be ... responsible for improving the bioavailability 
> of nitric oxide from the cells that line the inner wall of blood vessels," 
> said Buijsse.
> Nitric oxide is a gas that, once released, causes the smooth muscle cells 
> of the blood vessels to relax and widen, he said, adding that this may 
> contribute to lower blood pressure.
> For their chocolate study, the researchers used data from participants of 
> a larger study called European Prospective Investigation into Cancer 
> (EPIC).
> They followed more than 19,300 over more than 10 years during which time 
> their blood pressure, height and weight measurements as well as details of 
> their diet, lifestyle and health were recorded.
> Buijsse said put in terms of absolute risk, the findings showed that if 
> people in the group eating the least amount of chocolate increased their 
> chocolate intake by six grams a day, 85 fewer heart attacks and strokes 
> per 10,000 people could be expected to occur over a period of about 10 
> years.
> Commenting on the study on behalf of the European Society of Cardiology, 
> Frank Ruschitzka of Switzerland's University Hospital Zurich said basic 
> science had now demonstrated "quite convincingly" that dark chocolate with 
> a cocoa content of at least 70 percent reduces some kinds of stress and 
> can improve blood flow and blood pressure.
> But he said: "Before you rush to add dark chocolate to your diet, be aware 
> that 100 grams ... contains roughly 500 calories.
> "You may want to subtract an equivalent amount of calories by cutting back 
> on other foods to avoid weight gain."
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