Over the years, chocolate has received a lot of bad publicity because of its fat content; its consumption has been linked with acne, obesity, high blood pressure, coronary artery disease, and diabetes.
In a statement with eDokita, a conglomerate of an NGO-Future Minds Development Initiative, Dr. Olayiwola Olusola, a medical expert in University of Ilorin Teaching Hospital (UITH) said, “Chocolate has become an incredibly common food product that millions indulge in consuming it every day, despite its widespread belief for causing weight gain, there are numbers of health benefits associated with this delicious treat; Possible health benefit of chocolate are lowering of cholesterol risk, lowering heart disease risk and stroke and preventing memory decline
He explained further that consuming 30 grams of chocolate during pregnancy may benefit fetal growth and development in women.
Scientists are yet to prove what it is about chocolate that seems to boost heart health. It may be related to flavonoids, a type of antioxidant produced by plants. Flavonoids are found in tea, red wine, blueberries, apples, pears, cherries, and nuts.
Flavonoids in cocoa have been shown to help lower blood pressure, improve blood flow to the brain and heart, prevent blood clots, and fight cell damage.
When it comes to chocolate or cocoa flavonoids, no recommended daily amounts have been set. He concluded.