I mentioned that dark chocolate is
cardiovascularly speaking, in the
cholesterol thread (see Re(3):
need the help of all chowhounds).
Someone asked for more details,
and here are a few I found after a
quick web search...
"Recent studies have shown that
stearic acid, one of the primary
saturated fats found in chocolate,
behaves differently than other
saturated fats. In fact, recent
studies show that stearic acid has a
neutral effect on blood cholesterol
This is from a chocolate Q & A
from Hershey, so take that into
consideration, but it mimics what
I've read elsewhere. More at:
"Chocolate also contains
significant amounts of phenol, a
chemical found in wine, which
reduces the risk of heart disease
by preventing the formation of
plaques in coronary arteries."
Isadore Rosenfeld, M.D., the
author of Vogue's "Health
Report" Adapted from Vogue,
December 1996, online at:
He also wrote that "...chocolate has
trace levels of anandamide, a
substance that mildly mimics the
effect of marijuana by acting on
the same receptors in the brain."