Add This Goodie to Help Lower Your Cholesterol

Logo_Dave_AppleNutrition kNowledge – Rarely will you find a trainer or nutritionist who will encourage the consumption of a goodie as part of a diet plan, but you found one here. While ‘an apple a day will keep the doctor away, a little dark chocolate might not be a bad idea either, especially for lowering cholesterol.  Here’s why.

It Appears the News is Sweet for Chocolate Lovers!

A new review of 10 previous studies of chocolate consumption and cholesterol reports that the cocoa found in dark chocolate is linked to significant reductions in total and LDL (“bad”) cholesterol.

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Dark chocolate stands tall as it was shown to lower cholesterol (image courtesy of Danilin/ FreeDigitalPhotos .net)

Researchers combined studies totaling 320 participants, with half the trials testing more than 500 mg of the flavanols that seem to give cocoa its healthy effects and half less than 500 mg.

Overall, consumption of dark chocolate was linked to average reductions of 6.23 mg/dL in total cholesterol and 5.9 mg/dL in LDL. There was no apparent effect on healthy HDL cholesterol or triglycerides.

Eating dark chocolate seemed more beneficial than drinking cocoa-containing beverages. Researchers noted that the cholesterol benefits were observed despite the saturated fat and calories contained in chocolate along with those healthy flavanols. –European Journal of Clinical Nutrition

For more ways that certain foods can do your body good, check out the Real Food Therapy Guide. 

About Dave Barnas, M.S., CES, NASM-CPT

Dave is a true health expert. He is the founder and owner of True Health Unlimited, LLC, a personal health and fitness company in Tolland, CT. Dave earned both a Bachelor's (1998) and Master's Degree (2000) in Nutritional Science from the University of Connecticut, and also holds certifications as a National Strength and Conditioning Association Certified Personal Trainer, National Academy of Sports Medicine Certified Personal Trainer and Corrective Exercise Specialist, Aerobics and Fitness Association of America Group Instructor, and Nutrition Specialist. He's also the lead author for four published works. Dave has over 25,000 hours of combined experience in nutrition counseling, dietary supplement advising, personal training, corrective exercise training, health coaching and public speaking. In addition, he's spent over 20 years studying spirituality, meditation, and personal growth strategies. Dave's clients are all ages: youth, college championship level athletes, folks in their retired years, and everywhere in between. He's worked with three of the nation's leading physicians as a dietary supplement advisor and been a guest lecturer at Harvard University, Yale University, UConn, St. Joseph College and various church groups, health clubs, and high schools. In 2013, he was invited to Whole Foods Market to share his Real Food Therapy Guide. And in 2015, Dave's funny "Snowga" (yoga in the snow) video caught the attention of The National Weather Channel, who aired it to shake off cabin fever and bring laughter. In 2016, Dave & Hollie (his wife) began writing evidence-based Wellness Newsletters to spread a message of health and happiness to various small businesses throughout New England.

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