For all you gluten-free chocolate lovers out there, this is the news you have been waiting for: all that dark chocolate you consume can actually lower your blood pressure! I personally need no excuse to consume vast amounts of chocolate, but now I can do so knowing there is a rather beneficial side-effect to doing so (presuming I burn off the calories that came with the chocolate).
Researchers combined the results of 15 studies into the effects of flavanols on blood pressure (flavanols being the compounds in chocolate which cause dilation of blood vessels), and in aggregate, the study results pointed to a definite blood-pressure reduction in those individuals with high blood-pressure (no effect on normal blood pressure was found).
The pressure reduction seen in the combined results for people with hypertension, 5mm Hg systolic, may be clinically relevant -- it is comparable to the known effects of 30 daily minutes of physical activity (4-9mm Hg) and could theoretically reduce the risk of a cardiovascular event by about 20% over five years.
"The practicability of chocolate or cocoa drinks as long-term treatment is questionable," said Dr Ried.
- gluten-free chocolate cakes
- gluten-free chocolate cheesecakes
- gluten-free puddings
- gluten-free milkshakes and frozen drinks
- Gluten-Free & Wheat-Free Chocolate Coconut Brownie Cookie Recipe
- Gluten-Free & Wheat-Free Chocolate Orange-Juice Cheesecake Recipe
- Gluten-Free & Wheat-Free Dairy-Free Chocolate Pumpkin Spice Diet-Milkshake Recipe
- Gluten-Free & Wheat-Free Chocolate Hazelnut Cinnamon Ice Milk (or Ice Cream) Recipe
- Gluten-Free & Wheat-Free Semisweet Chocolate Coconut Brownie / Torte Recipe
- and, we've adapted some of the Gluten-Free Waffle Recipes (in our library) to be chocolate variations too (pretty easy alterations)