Is dark chocolate good for you?

1 March 2014        

Chocolate cake

Flavonoids contained in dark chocolate may have a protective effect on heart health, researchers have claimed.

In a small study, 44 middle-aged overweight men consumed 70 grams of chocolate per day. Participants received either specially produced dark chocolate with high flavonoid content or chocolate that was regularly produced.

Our Senior Dietitian, Victoria Taylor, said: “While chocoholics might get quite excited by this research, this is a small study so the results are far from conclusive.

“We do know that flavonoids in cocoa have been shown to have heart health benefits. However, when we eat them in chocolate, they come with plenty of saturated fat, sugar and calories, which aren’t good for your heart or your waistline.

“The good news is that flavonoids can be found in a wide range of foods. Fruit and vegetables are a good source of flavonoids, without the extra fat and sugar that chocolate brings. A diet rich in fruit and veg, combined with an active lifestyle, is the best way to keep your heart healthy.”