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Posted by: C_Sharp, Sunday, February 9, 2014, 2:02am
Good News! Dark Chocolate Protects DNA and Your Heart  

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A study in the British Journal of Nutrition [1] has found that dark chocolate contains antioxidants that are protective to DNA, but this effect only lasts for a day. Researchers in Milan, Italy, measured plasma epicatechin levels, DNA damage in mononuclear blood cells, and plasma total antioxidant activity in 20 volunteers on a balanced diet with standardised levels of antioxidants. After a washout period the subjects were given 45g of either dark chocolate (DC, containing 860 mg polyphenols, of which 58 mg epicatechin) or white chocolate (WC, no epicatechin).


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Posted by: Averno, Sunday, February 9, 2014, 2:20am; Reply: 1

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Unfortunately regular consumption of dark chocolate does not increase long-term epicatechin levels, so according to this study, dark chocolate must be consumed daily to get these benefits.


Oh, the sacrifices we make...
Posted by: Dianne, Sunday, February 9, 2014, 2:30am; Reply: 2
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Oh, the sacrifices we make...


Yes, poor us!  ;D
Posted by: BluesSinger, Sunday, February 9, 2014, 2:57am; Reply: 3
Well the Arthritis book says no choc for me and my swami says only 1tsp a day if that.  

i've been hurting horribly so I am going to cut it out along with some other swami foods that the arthritis books says no on.  (:
Posted by: Seraffa, Sunday, February 9, 2014, 3:35am; Reply: 4
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Oh, the sacrifices we make...


I need just 2 more ingredients to add to that bar for an "Olympic Luge" of sustained cardiovascular benefits!  ::) ;D
Posted by: Mrs T O+, Monday, February 10, 2014, 8:38pm; Reply: 5
Too bad as I have to cut consuption of the unsweetened chocolate to get the cholesterol down.
I wish Whole Foods would get the chocolate powder back!
Posted by: BCgal, Monday, February 10, 2014, 9:18pm; Reply: 6
What percentage would everyone recommend?
Posted by: shoulderblade, Tuesday, February 11, 2014, 3:58am; Reply: 7
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What percentage would everyone recommend?

Deciding that is going to be rather iffy. According to the article
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After a washout period the subjects were given 45g of either dark chocolate (DC, containing 860 mg polyphenols, of which 58 mg epicatechin) or white chocolate (WC, no epicatechin).

First of all the study only involves twenty participants and I am going to assume here that they were given pure dark chocolate. The dosage is quoted at 45 gm. (~1.6 oz) which will have to be compared to whatever you have as a chocolate source. If you are lucky it may be pure chocolate in which case the conversion is one : one but if it is less than pure you have to figure out the percent cocoa (sometimes listed on commercial bars) and calculate from there how much you need to equal 45 gm. dark. Also 45 gm. seems to be the only quantity tested so to be effective that level is adequate but it may be effective at lower doses.

All we really know here is that 45 gm. is an effective dosage and that it must be renewed daily to continue to be effective. The idea here might be to buy one of those big bars that indicates the cocoa level and have one or two strips (as appropriate) daily.



Posted by: yaeli, Tuesday, February 11, 2014, 7:01am; Reply: 8
The data given in the article are far from precise. In this sentence: "The results found that increased levels of epicatechin in the blood of those who had eaten the dark chocolate lasted for nearly a day; between 2 hours and 22 hours after DC intake.", the reservation "in certain cases the increased levels... lasted for nearly a day" is missing (eek)

But it illustrates/reiterates that dark chocolate is beneficial for you, emphazising the significance of eating it daily.

I don't take "dark chocolate" anymore, but I take few time a week pure cocoa paste coins. As is, or with almond butter. (drool)
Posted by: shoulderblade, Tuesday, February 11, 2014, 7:19pm; Reply: 9
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But it illustrates/reiterates that dark chocolate is beneficial for you, emphazising the significance of eating it daily.

I don't take "dark chocolate" anymore, but I take few time a week pure cocoa paste coins. As is, or with almond butter. (drool)


Sounds good. I was to the store today and checked out their 'dark' chocolate bars. A regular sized bar just happened to weigh 45 gm. and claimed to be 50% cocoa. That means you would have to eat 2 bars a day to duplicate the dosage in the research study. Sounds a bit much to me but I will keep an eye open for further developments.

Posted by: Adam, Tuesday, February 11, 2014, 7:23pm; Reply: 10
Lately in the morning I've been melting a little chocolate in a cup with a little soymilk, then adding my morning coffee and stirring it around really well.  Makes a nice cafe mocha to start the day.  :)
Posted by: Amazone I., Wednesday, February 12, 2014, 9:16am; Reply: 11
yapperdapperdoooo....(woot)(evil)(dance)(ok)(clap)(hehe)since I discovered(some weeks ago  :B  ) that dark chocs aren't that bad, even in calories nor fats ;) ;D... I've changed completely from the white-one to the dark surfin swiss chocolates... sooooo
yummy (sometimes... :X  ) but can't do that daily, if not my weight will boost whithin
hours.... :-/ :P....
Posted by: Averno, Wednesday, February 12, 2014, 12:28pm; Reply: 12
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yapperdapperdoooo....(woot)(evil)(dance)(ok)(clap)(hehe)since I discovered(some weeks ago  :B  ) that dark chocs aren't that bad, even in calories nor fats ;) ;D... I've changed completely from the white-one to the dark surfin swiss chocolates... sooooo
yummy (sometimes... :X  ) but can't do that daily, if not my weight will boost whithin
hours.... :-/ :P....


Welcome to the dark side, dearle... Mwahahahah... (evil)

Posted by: Amazone I., Thursday, February 13, 2014, 8:36am; Reply: 13
;D :D(smarty)(dance)(hehe) :K)
Posted by: yaeli, Thursday, February 13, 2014, 2:31pm; Reply: 14
;D :K)
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