Chocolate has certainly been known to save the day. But did you know that eating chocolate might just save your life? A study to be published in the September issue of the Journal of Internal Medicine suggests that eating chocolate can prevent death in heart attack survivors.
Scientists found that those who ate chocolate two or more times a week were three times less likely to die from heart disease than those who never ate chocolate. The results are likely due to cocoa's antioxidant levels, according to study coauthor Dr. Kenneth Mukamal. In other chocolate news, Swiss candy maker Barry Callebaut, the world's largest chocolate manufacturer, has announced it is developing a chocolate that withstands temperatures up to 131°F before melting. While heat-resistant chocolate has long been a staple in both Swiss and American armies, this is the first time the variety will be available commercially.
"Volcano," as the candy will be called, melts on contact with saliva, has a crunchy texture, and, unlike the military version, will be made with cocoa butter. Not only will it be a boon to areas of the world prone to sweltering heat, but food scientists have discovered that the chocolate naturally contains fewer calories.
Alas, I find myself with yet another excuse to enjoy chocolate before bed. Since I'm always paranoid about melting chocolate, I can't wait to try the heat-resistant kind! What about you?