Why is dark chocolate better for you than milk chocolate?
#104682. Asked by scottietwenty3. (Apr 13 09 6:02 PM)
Dark chocolate has much better anti-oxidant properties. |
This means that it can protect the heart and arteries from oxidative damage, similar to the rust that develops on metal over time.
A recent study concludes it is the milk in milk chocolate that is blocking the absorbtion of these. They performed a study not just comparing the two but having a third group eating dark chocolate with a drink of milk :
Dark chocolate was found to boost blood antioxidant levels by nearly 20%.
AHowever, there was no such effect when volunteers ate milk chocolate or drank milk with dark chocolate.
"What this tells us, is that probably the proteins in milk bind with the antioxidants in chocolate," Professor Alan Crozier of Glasgow University told BBC News Online.
"As a consequence, they are not being absorbed to the same extent as they would be with dark chocolate. Any potential protective effects are lost."
This opens up the question of the effects of milk being used in tea which is another major anti oxidant.
Find something useful here? Please help us spread the word about FunTrivia. Recommend this page below!