Coffee and Chocolate Good For You?

We all know that coffee and chocolate is a great combination, especially dark chocolate. These two friends get along so well together, and complement each other like hand and glove.

Did you also know that there are health benefits from eating dark chocolate? The Journal of the American College of Nutrition reported that a 1.6 ounce bar of dark chocolate a day can improve circulation and help blood vessels dilate. However, the chocolate has to contain flavonoids - these are compounds that are also found in red wine, blueberries, and green and black tea. Their conclusion:
"Flavonoid-rich dark chocolate improves endothelial function and is associated with an increase in plasma epicatechin concentrations in healthy adults. No changes in oxidative stress measures, lipid profiles, blood pressure, body weight or BMI were seen."

Chocolate slows cancer

There's more good news about chocolate comes from scientists at Georgetown University Medical Center, who found that a synthetic chemical that is similar to a compound present in cocoa beans slows the growth of colon cancer by up to 50 percent. Not only did it slow growth, but it also damaged most of the colon cancer cells. The compound called GECGC is most effective at stopping those cancer cells that usually grow at veryt fast rates. These cells are also the most deadly cancer cells.

Coffee drinkers live longer

The research on coffee, which appeared in Annals of Internal Medicine, showed that people who drink coffee live longer than those who don't. Even after accounting for the fact that coffee drinkers are also drink more alchohol, smoke more cigarettes and exercise less, researchers found they actually lived slightly longer than people who didn’t drink a few cups of coffee each day. However, this doesn’t mean that you should slam-dunk triple-shot mocha lattes every day, in order to live longer. Such drinks are still bad for you, because of their high number of calories and refined sugars.

So, those of us who love coffee and dark chocolate are in luck it seems! Combining the benefits from chocolate and coffee may provide us with a long and cancer-free life! Time will tell, and in the meantime, I'm continuing to drink a good cup of java combined with quality dark chocolate after a good meal!

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See also my article about chocolate coffee beans.