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Chocolate is good for health, study finds. Small study, points to chocolate as a weight-loss aid. Senior moments? Chocolate may be the answer to your problems. These are are just a few of the headlines that permeate through the web. However, these claims made in headlines about chocolate and it’s glorious benefits need to be taken with a grain of salt. Looking deeper into the studies, and the flaws of the study being short-term, with a small number of participants, and measurements of health that don’t translate well into endpoints that really matter for health. is a news website that helps you cut through the noise and understand what's really driving the events in the headlines. Check out to get up to speed on everything from Kurdistan to the Kim Kardashian app.
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These are peanut m&ms this is you eating . a lot of peanut m&ms after seeing . stories about chocolates unbelievable. health benefits almost every week you . can open the newspaper or turn on your . favorite news website now box with other . news websites and notice that there's. stories about all the purported health. benefits of chocolate chocolate can help . you live longer it'll make your nail . shinier to help you lose weight there . are so many stories about chocolate and . its health benefits and we just love to . gobble them up but chocolate hasn't . always been a media darling in the past . it was about to cause acne no this is . just regular adult acne i don't drink . enough water and this article from 1997 . even called it addictive i've vox we . started to ask ourselves how did. chocolate become a health food it turns . out there's a reason behind the . chocolate madness in 1982 mars which is . one of the world's biggest chocolate . makers established something called the . mars center for cocoa health sciences . but they must to learn more about the . cocoa bean and understanding chocolates. and coco's effects on the body and . whether it might have any health . benefits box examined the mars sponsored . research and found that of a hundred . studies we we identified over the last . forty years ninety eight of them had . positive or favorable conclusions that's . a pretty big number and it made us . wonder what's so magical about chocolate . that it's getting these glowing reviews . so even all flavonols flavanols. flavonols klebanov they're micro . nutrients that are found in the cocoa . bean and they're thought to have . antioxidant properties mars initial . focus was on the overall benefits of . chocolate but it shifted to this . specific compound some of these studies . concluded that flavanols could boost . your mood and cognitive performance and . that both cocoa powder and dark. chocolate can have a favorable effect on . cardiovascular disease risk which sounds . awesome but it doesn't mean all kinds of . chocolate have the same health benefits. or any health benefits at all dark . chocolate milk chocolate and cocoa beans . aren't the same thing to understand why . you have to check out a cocoa tree near . the equator just kidding this is a . borders folks cocoa or cacao beans come . from these trees the beans are roasted . and ground into what we know as cocoa . powder or cocoa butter dark chocolate is . made mostly from cocoa butter and . typically has a higher percentage of . cocoa milk chocolate is created from . cocoa and well milk the difference is . that it goes through more processing . with added ingredients it has more fats . and sugar and less cocoa that's what . makes milk chocolate so sweet but it's . also the reason milk chocolate isn't . your best bet for these flavanols one of . the big problems with flavanols is that . in the chocolate manufacturing process. you end up killing them off in addition . different types of cocoa beans have . varying amounts of flavanols to begin . with so different kinds of chocolate. contain bearing amounts of the compound . manufacturers have been basing their . studies on so the reason companies are . funding so much science they're putting. money into their own science and. research institutions their funding. chairs at universities and the reason. they're doing that is to sell more . chocolate chocolate is big business. chocolate sales have gone up from . fourteen point two billion dollars in . 2007 to eighteen point nine billion . dollars in 2017 and mars isn't the only . company profiting from this some of the . world's biggest chocolate makers are . also funding cocoa science hyping it up . to be the next big thing to help you . lose weight or remember where you left . your keys when the media and press . offices interpret some of these studies . we like to write chocolate in our. stories even though the study is we're . only looking at cocoa beans or cocoa. supplements despite a growing obesity . epidemic this nisha nutrition science is . fearing health-conscious consumers . toward premium and gourmet dark . chocolate these products are now seen as . healthy indulgences in short-term . studies researchers have found the . flavanols can lower blood pressure or . the proof cognition by certain measures . but none of these things have actually . been studied in long-term research on . endpoints that really matter for health . well then do you be studying even matter . so i want to be clear these studies . aren't necessarily bad studies many of . them have passed peer review and . published in prestigious journals when . you design an interpretive study there. are all kinds of ways that bias can be . introduced the study published in nature . neuroscience is a good example of that . and 2014 this more sponsored study . looked at whether cocoa flavanols can . prevent cognitive decline the problems . with this study it ran for only 12 weeks . involved a small number of participants . and focused on narrow outcomes that made . the results unreliable okay maybe . there's more - on the benefits of . chocolate then there should be but like . what's the worst that can happen if you. eat a bunch of chocolate a little bit of . anything isn't really bad for health but . chocolates also filled with a lot of . sugar and calories in fat and consuming . a lot of those things would counteract . any health benefits you might get from . the flavanols or the antioxidants and . even the best cocoa right so you. probably want to eat chocolate in . moderation and not be this guy in a . bunch of it in one sitting . dude you're still filming me to say . lower your blood pressure because . there's no excuse or science to back. that behavior. 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