Four surprising health benefits of coffee and chocolate

Coffee makes it possible to get out of bed. Chocolate makes it worthwhile.

Two tasty treats that are often near the top of people’s list of guilty pleasures, coffee and chocolate are also packed with a surprising amount of health benefits – when consumed correctly and in moderation, of course – which means choosing dark chocolate over milk chocolate and limiting the sugar in your cup of coffee.

Coffee cuts your diabetes risk

Harvard researchers analysed the results of three studies performed over two decades, which looked at the habits of over 123 000 people. They found that people who increased their coffee intake by at least one cup of coffee per day were 11% less likely to develop Type-2 diabetes.

Similar studies by the American Chemical Study revealed that people who drank four or more cups of coffee per day had a 50 percent lower risk of Type 2 diabetes.

Chocolate lowers “bad” cholesterol

A study by San Diego State University revealed that people who ate dark chocolate lowered their “bad” cholesterol and raised their “good” cholesterol by 20%. Dark chocolate contains a higher portion of flavonoids (a type of antioxidant), which have been found to lower “bad” cholesterol – and have a positive impact on your heart health.

Coffee drinkers live longer

Two studies published in the Annals of Internal Medicine looking at the habits of over 700 000 people across Europe and North America found that people who drank two to four cups of coffee per day had an 18% lower risk of premature death in the 16 years after the study than those who skipped coffee.

Chocolate lowers your blood pressure

A study by Harvard University revealed that eating a small square of dark chocolate every day can help to lower your blood pressure – especially if you suffer from hypertension. It’s those flavonoids again, say researchers. According to the Blood Pressure Association, dark chocolate can help to reduce blood pressure by 5mm Hg systolic (the top number).

Key, of course, is to make sure that you’re consuming top-quality coffee and chocolate – and where better to explore than the Coffee and Chocolate Expo at Montecasino!

From 13 to 17 July, visitors can learn tips and trends from the masters on how to create their own chocolate and coffee delights, or simply unwind and put their taste buds to action!

Book your tickets here.

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