It seems that there has just been a study showing that chocolate lowers blood pressure and cuts the risk of heart attacks and strokes.
A bunch of German nutritionists has come up with these facts that will be delight to a lot of us by following the chocolate chompers for a decade before concluding that eating 7.5 grams of dark chocolate a day could reduce your risk of a heart attack or stroke by 39% and could also lead to lower blood pressure.
Of course, it’s no good making a bee-line for the cheap stuff the best results are dark chocolate with at least 70% cocoa. And you’d better put that quarter pound bar back on the shelf. 7.5 grammes is about 1 square. Even if you save up your “allowance” for a whole week, that would be about half of a small Easter egg.
I suppose that they’ll tell us next that a Fruit and Nut bar counts as one of our five a day.
Anyway, who has the willpower to stick to one square of chocolate a day? I don’t. And what would I do with the rest of the bar? Perhaps I could mould it into a chocolate teapot – the ultimate symbol of something useless.
That’s what this survey is to my version of real life, a chocolate teapot. I’m convinced that it needs less willpower to give up chocolate completely, as I’ve been doing for the last six and a half weeks than to have the temptation of an opened packet of good quality chocolate sitting there yelling “Come and get me”