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We report here below some statements of the famous Italian doctor Umberto Veronesi, taken from the section “Our health” of the magazine “Oggi”; ” …chocolate isn’t bad for your health, if you do not eat excessive quantities, as for any kind of food. In all conscience, I can absolve chocolate from several accusations, I confirm this as a man, a doctor, and a person who is interested in science.
Recent studies have shown that a balanced quantity of chocolate can be integrated to your diet to prevent cardiovascular disease. This because chocolate is rich of antioxidant polyfenols, which protect our arteries, strengthen the immune system and reduce cancer risks…..chocolate fats are made of a third of steatic acid, which doesn’t affect cholesterol and increases glycaemia less than other sugars…..dark chocolate is the healthiest sweet because it is vegetable.
It has stimulating and anti-depressive effects on the nervous system. Stimulating effects are due to serotonin, a substance which provides a sense of psychological wellbeing, by improving the active connection between nervous cells. Further more…chocolate is also a vasodilator, in other words, it increases the size of brain blood vessels…”
Effects on heart: a study dated 2003 made by the National Institute of Research on Food and Nutrition of Rome states that chocolate is good for your heart, because dark chocolate increases the blood antioxidants concentration.
Effects on arteries: Doctor Roberto Corti of Zurich University has shown that dark chocolate can slow the arteries hardening. This study was published in the magazine “Heart”.
Effects on depression: the presence of phenylalanine or serotonin in chocolate favours the reduction in depression.
Effects on acne: there are no scientific studies which demonstrate the real connection between acne and chocolate.