-- A piece of dark chocolate a day -- a very small piece -- keeps the doctor away.
An Italian study shows that dark chocolate can significantly reduce the inflammation that leads to cardiovascular disease. The ideal amount is 6.7 grams per day (0.23 ounces). A typical Hershey chocolate bar weighs about 43 grams. That means eating one dark chocolate bar over the course of 6 1/2 days to get 6.7 grams per day.
The study was conducted by Research Laboratories of the Catholic University in Campobasso and the National Cancer Institute of Milan and has been published in the Journal of Nutrition. The data come from an epidemiological study called the Moli-sani Project, which selected men and women at least 35 years old randomly from city hall registries in southern Italy.(Read entire article)
Recent research showing that chocolate is good for our health may have triggered many a guiltfree binge.
Unfortunately, it appears that an ounce a day is all we can justify on medical grounds.
After reviewing previous studies into chocolate and heart disease, one expert has calculated the optimum daily dose. (Read entire article)