Most people have heard that chocolate is good for you. But now, the medical journal Lancet is bursting the chocolate bubble.
Just in time for the holidays, a Lancet editorial published today notes that there won’t be a “truffle treatment” for heart disease any time soon. In fact, the editors point out that the very thing that makes chocolate good for you — the antioxidants called flavanols – also make chocolate taste bitter. As a result, confectionery makers often take out the flavanols, stripping the chocolate of its main health-promoting properties. Worse, labels usually don’t tell you whether your chocolate comes with or without flavanols, making it tough to know if a particular piece of chocolate has any health benefits at all.