On Valentine's Day, thoughts often turn to that heart-shaped box of chocolates. Studies have often shown the health benefits of dark chocolate, but yesterday's podcast from the University of Florida Health Science Center actually set out to explain why. Here's an excerpt from their commentary:
We know chocolate comforts a broken heart, but studies show dark chocolate literally helps the heart by improving flexibility in the arteries and preventing white blood cells from sticking to the walls of blood vessels.
It sounds counterintuitive, but dark chocolate may also help prevent diabetes. A study published last year in the British Journal of Nutrition found the flavonoids in dark chocolate help control insulin sensitivity.
You can read the whole transcript here, or you may listen to the audio file I've posted. So if you reach for that piece of chocolate today, make sure it is dark chocolate. Happy Valentine's Day!