Are you a Chocoholic?
Good News for Chocoholics
Here we go again! Researchers at the University of Cambridge recently reported that “regular consumption of chocolate may slash the risk of developing heart disease by a third.” For years studies have pointed at the positive link between eating chocolate and heart health. Cambridge Drs analyzed the results of seven previous studies involving over 100,000 people with and without heart disease. They specifically looked at the effects of eating chocolate on heart attacks and strokes.
Five of the seven studies indicated a beneficial link between higher levels of chocolate consumption and the risk of cardiovascular events. Their findings:
- the highest levels of chocolate consumption were associated with a 37% reduction in cardiovascular disease
- a 29% reduction in stroke compared with lowest levels
- no significant reduction was found in relation to heart failure
The studies did not differentiate between dark or milk chocolate and included chocolate bars, drinks, biscuits and desserts. Dark chocolate reportedly contains compounds good for the blood system.
But…. and there is always a But…… chocolates should be taken "with caution" and we should be careful which chocolate we eat. Commercially available chocolates are high in calories - around 500 calories for every 100 grams and eating too much can lead to weight gain and put you at risk of diabetes and heart disease