Eating Chocolate At Least Once A Week Is Good For Your Health, Confirms Study
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In news it feels like we might’ve been waiting our whole lives to hear, a new study has found that eating chocolate at least once a week could actually be good for our health.
The study, carried out by the European Society of Cardiology and published in the European Journal of Preventive Cardiology looked at over 336,000 participants, using a combined analysis of the results of six separate studies over the past 50 years.
And the results were somewhat surprising…
According to the research, eating chocolate more than once a week (within moderation) was linked to an 8% decrease in the risk of developing coronary artery disease. Not bad eh?
But we know what you’re thinking - ‘yeah right, I bet we’re talking about dark, bitter chocolate that makes you wince when you eat it’ - well we’re not!
Apparently it can be absolutely any chocolate. Study author, Dr Chayakrit Krittanawong, said: "Our study suggests that chocolate helps keep the heart's blood vessels healthy.
"In the past, clinical studies have shown that chocolate is beneficial for both blood pressure and the lining of blood vessels. I wanted to see if it affects the blood vessels supplying the heart (the coronary arteries) or not. And if it does, is it beneficial or harmful?
"Chocolate contains heart healthy nutrients such as flavonoids, methylxanthines, polyphenols and stearic acid which may reduce inflammation and increase good cholesterol (high-density lipoprotein or HDL cholesterol).
"Chocolate appears promising for prevention of coronary artery disease, but more research is needed to pinpoint how much and what kind of chocolate could be recommended."
However, this doesn’t mean we should be putting away a giant Toblerone every couple of days. Dr Krittanawong was at pains to say that only ‘moderate’ amounts of chocolate seem to protect the coronary arteries as the calories, sugar, milk, and fat in commercially available products need to be considered, particularly in ‘diabetics and obese people’.
Well, I certainly won’t be feeling guilty about a bar of Dairy Milk every now and then…
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