Statin side effects got you concerned? Well chocolate may be the new preferred method to lower heart disease risks. A study coordinated by Oscar H. Franco, MD, PhD, of the University of Cambridge in the U.K. found that eating a chocolate each week had some incredible benefits such as lowering stroke and heart disease. While not a double blind or controlled study, just an empirically observed one, the findings were presented at the European Society of Cardiology Congress 2011 and published online at bmj.com.
So you want to replace your statin with chocolate? We are not talking about your garden variety Hershey bar. Jacob Teitelbaum, M.D., says that one square of dark chocolate 3-4 times each week may be as much as 25 times more effective than taking a statin. I have not seen the back-up information or data on that claim but I will try to find it and post a link. And while I can’t to speak to the efficacy, I can speak to the taste; I myself eat a few squares of 88-90% almost every day. It is very low in sugar, low in carbohydrates and high in antioxidants and other beneficial compounds.
Remember, don’t do anything without discussing this with your physician first. Today’s wonder drug or cure is all to often tomorrow’s health calamity.