Doctor’s Orders: Eat More Chocolate!

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Good news broke last week. We should all be eating more chocolate. Actually, quite a bit more.

Marion Nestle reported in The Atlantic that the British Medical Journal is now saying some of the antioxidants in chocolate actually reduce the risk for heart disease and stroke by one-third. That’s a pretty weighty statistic, and a piece of medical news that actually makes us smile.

Some are criticizing the study saying that more experimental research is necessary as much of the clinical research was more observational. The concern, too, is that people will misread or misinterpret the research and begin eating poor-quality chocolate in large quantities. This is certainly not healthy. But feeling good about having a little chocolate is healthy. Nestle ends the piece, stating: “a little chocolate is delightful. A lot is not.” Our ears are peeled for further research.

(Image: Faith Durand)