The latest in chronic fatigue syndrome symptom control? 45 grams of dark chocolate a day. The effect was small, but the trial seems to have been quite well-designed, with blinding and a washout and crossover design. The BBC reports:
Patients in a pilot study found they had less fatigue when eating dark chocolate with a high cocoa content than with white chocolate dyed brown.
Researchers from Hull York Medical School said the results were surprising but dark chocolate may be having an effect on the brain chemical serotonin.
I worked with a lipid physiologist back in the eighties who was trying to get the message across to the world that real chocolate, despite tasting terrific, isn’t sheer biochemical evil. A large body of work has now been published showing the health benefits of moderate amounts of dark chocolate. So why do most people still seem to consider “chocolate” the ultimate in junk food, intrinsically “sinful”?
Ditch the trans fats if you want to ditch a family of fats, grab a bar of Lindt, and enjoy.