At times I believe if you want to find an association between 2 things you will find a medical study for that relationship! Maybe study results are not always a simple cause and effect relation but often there is some kernel of worthwhile and applicable merit. This blog follows my reading studies supporting eating dark (NOT milk) chocolate and improved artery blood flow. It was a large one out of Melbourne in 2012 is especially meritorious. So are there other benefits from dark chocolate?
You may have already heard about a study from Rome published in Journal of the American Heart Association (even Fox news reported this). A small study (20 people, in late 60s) showed that dark chocolate consumption might improve peripheral artery disease (PAD). They did have a control group eating milk chocolate – no benefits for their PAD was found. Common signs/symptoms include leg pain with exercise, cold feet, and poor healing of skin, and discoloration at end of toes with progression up. Read more info on PAD visit the AHA.
Do not forget calories from consuming the chocolate! Walking is key for those with PAD to improve flow. Buy 40 grams of dark chocolate (>85% cocoa), my favorite is “Green & Black’s Organic“. A bar is 100 grams so just less than half of one. Talk w your Doc, find some dark chocolate and enjoy your walk!