Chocolate: Heart Disease And Stroke Lowered When You Consume This Dessert

First Posted: Jun 15, 2015 10:16 PM EDT

Eating chocolate may help reduce your risk of heart disease, according to recent findings published in the journal Heart.

Researchers at the University of Aberdeen found that eating up to 100 g of chocolate daily was linked to an 11 percent lower risk of cardiovascular disease and a 25 percent lower risk of associated death.

For the study, researchers analyzed data from close to 21,000 adults taking part in the EPIC-Norfolk study that involves tracking the impact of diet on the longer term health of 25,000 men and women in Norfolk, England with the help of food frequency and lifestyle questionnaires. Furthermore, it reviewed international published evidence on the links between chocolate and cardiovascular disease while simultaneously involving about 158,000 people.

Furthermore, eating more chocolate was also associated with higher energy intake and a diet containing more fat and cars, along with less protein and alcohol. Furthermore, it was also associated with a 9 percent lower risk of hospital admission or death due to coronary heart disease, after accounting for other dietary heart factors.

"Cumulative evidence suggests that higher chocolate intake is associated with a lower risk of future cardiovascular events," researchers concluded.

Lastly, though previous studies have touted the benefits of dark chocolate for its antioxidants, the study shows that milk chocolate also carries some types of milk chocolate, too. 

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