Nov 4, 2008

Is All Candy Bad for Children and Adults?

Halloween has finished, and I had to wonder how many noticed that their children were more "hyper" than usual? Halloween being on a Friday this year meant the little darlings were home, and not in school either too busy to eat candy, or burning off that excess energy away from home.

Children and adults alike tend to develop a sweet tooth if they eat to much candy. That can be a bad thing for your teeth and your body since it has to do a lot of work to keep the sugar levels even in your body (to much sugar in the blood leads to failure in various organs...to much to explain in one post).

But if you eat certain sweets, like chocolate, not to much, but in moderate amounts, it can be healthy for you, especially dark chocolate. Here is a study that proves my point:

A study at The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine was focused on blood platelets and blood clots. The study participants, some of whom were fond of eating chocolate, were given a list of foods to avoid - the list included chocolate. It seems that some of them ended up indulging their cravings for chocolate during the study.

Amazingly, their indulgence led to researchers to an important discovery which is believed to be the first of its kind. Through biochemical analysis, the researchers are now able to explain why just a few squares of chocolate a day can reduce the risk of heart attack death in some men and women by almost 50%.

It turns out that the chocolate decreases the tendency of platelets to clot in narrow blood vessels. "What these chocolate 'offenders' taught us is that the chemical in cocoa beans has a biochemical effect similar to aspirin in reducing platelet clumping, which can be fatal if a clot forms and blocks a blood vessel, causing a heart attack," says Diane Becker, M.P.H., Sc.D., a professor at The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and Bloomberg School of Public Health.

Becker cautions that her work is not intended as a prescription to gobble up large amounts of chocolate candy, which often contains diet-busting amounts of sugar, butter and cream. But as little as 2 tablespoons a day of high quality dark chocolate - the purest form of the candy, made from the dried extract of roasted cocoa beans - may be just what the doctor ordered.

You may also be interested in a page I did entitled Finding Dairy Free Chocolate for the Lactose Intolerant.


Updated 3/18/16

3 comments:

  1. It does my heart good to know chocolate is good for you! I guess this is confirmation that it's OK to each ust a little bit more. :)

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  2. WOW! This is wonderful news! I'm a chocolate lover who swore it off because of the calories, fat and sugar. Yippie, it's going back in my diet and I'm thrilled!

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  3. I know Beverly & Eileen,

    I always talk about my grandfather who lived to be 97 and was a chocolate lover :-) Even insisted on eating it in moderation when the doctors said "no" after he suffered an ulcer. He was a man who lived a happy life even during challenges, loved the Lord, and trusted Him to take care of him.

    Dark chocolate is the best!

    Thanks for stopping by.

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