A new study of 336,289 people found that consuming chocolate more than once a week reduced the risk of developing coronary heart disease by 8 percent compared to those who ate it less frequently! The participants, who were from the US, Sweden and Australia, had an average follow-up time of about nine years in the studies that spanned the past five decades.
“Our study suggests that chocolate helps keep the heart’s blood vessels healthy,” said the study’s author, Dr. Chayakrit Krittanawong of Baylor College of Medicine in Houston.
This was a combination of 6 studies to look at the link between chocolate and heart disease, and they found that nutrients in chocolate may reduce inflammation and increase good cholesterol.
BUT!! There is a caveat here;
Dr Krittanawong added: “Moderate amounts of chocolate seem to protect the coronary arteries but it’s likely that large quantities do not. The calories, sugar, milk, and fat in commercially available products need to be considered, particularly in diabetics and obese people.”
Limitations noted by the authors include different types of chocolate being consumed by participants, while lifestyle factors, such as exercise, were not adjusted for the studies.
The analysis did not examine whether any particular type of chocolate is more beneficial, or whether there is an ideal portion size.
Source: The Standard