Wine & Chocolate: What is the SWEET Spot for heart health?

Health & Wellness, Heart Health, Nutrition

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Recently, Jinji Fraser of Pure Chocolate by Jinji, Michael Zollo of Crow Vineyard and I promoted the health benefits of wine and chocolate at The Institute for Integrative Health.

Wine and chocolate are chock full of powerful antioxidants that can boost mood, increase blow flow, reduce stress and have other health benefits.

-In fact, NEW studies have shown that:

  1. 1 glass of red wine each day may improve blood glucose levels in adults with Type 2 diabetes.
  2. 1 serving of dark chocolate each day is associated with a 16% reduced risk of atrial  fibrillation

So what is the “sweet spot” for good heart health ?

-Alcohol:  Men (1-2 servings per day) & Women (1 serving per day): 5 ounces of wine OR 12 ounces of beer OR 1 shot of spirit.

-Dark Chocolate: 1 ounce (approximates the width of your 2 thumbs).

Dr. Miller is Professor of Cardiovascular Medicine, University of Maryland School of Medicine in Baltimore, Maryland and Member of the American Heart Association Nutrition and Lifestyle Committee.  His latest book is “Heal Your Heart: The Positive Emotions Prescription” with 100% of proceeds donated to the American Heart Association.