Is chocolate coming to pill form? You better believe it. It’s no secret that along with the sweet tooth craving flavor, chocolate has quite a few health benefits to come along with it (when it’s not highly processed). Now scientists are looking at capitalizing on the health benefits of chocolate by putting it in pill form.
Chocolate and Health
We’ve ran a few posts here on the health benefits of chocolate and covered from time to time in our weekly news recaps. Cocoa has long since been used by local tribes near Panama in the shape of tea form. These tribe members had lower rates of diabetes, high blood pressure, and atherosclerosis than their neighboring villages.
For a complete breakdown of all the health benefits of chocolate check out our article here. The health benefits include a potent antioxidant punch, aspirin like effects, anti-hypertensive effects, and many more. Unfortunately much of the modern day processing ruins the actual health benefits of chocolate. What’s even worse is that high sugar content negates the effect of chocolate almost completely. High temperatures from processing damage antioxidant properties – so it’s important to choose chocolate wisely. Generally – the darker the better (more than 70% cacao) and unsweetened. We reviewed a list of some good chocolates on the market.
Chocolate Pill Study
As you would probably imagine, the health benefits of chocolate come from the more pure the chocolate is. Together the Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, MA and the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in Seattle, WA will be enlisting 18,000 volunteers to take the chocolate pills.
Researchers are harnessing the antioxidant power of chocolate in their flavanols and compounded into a chocolate pill. This is the largest study of its kind to date so the results should be quite interesting. As we’ve pointed out in our other chocolate articles, smaller studies have been very promising. The chocolate pill will contain approximately 750mg of cocoa flavanols – something of which you would have to pretty much eat chocolate bars all day for.
On An Interesting Note: The chocolate pill study will be funded by the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute and Mars Inc. (maker of M&M’s and Snickers). Unfortunately, we won’t be seeing any results for at least four years.
Discussion: What do you think about the study?
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Sources: Marchione, M. “Study To Test ‘Chocolate’ Pills For Heart Health.” Alternative Press. ABC News. 17 March 2014 Web. 17 March 2014.