Good news, chocoholics: A study published online in the British Medical Journal has revealed that high levels of chocolate consumption might be linked to a one-third reduction in the risk of developing heart problems.
The findings support the results of past studies that generally agree that eating chocolate is good for your heart health. However, the authors behind the study stress that further research is needed to test whether chocolate or some other unmeasured factor causes this reduction.
Read on for the full story…
Heart disease statistics are on the rise, according to the WHO…
The World Health Organization (WHO) predicts that by 2030, a whopping 23.6 million people will die from heart disease
. However, diet and lifestyle are vital factors in preventing heart problems the paper says.
A body of research shows that eating chocolate has a positive influence on human health because it has powerful antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. This includes improving insulin sensitivity and reducing blood pressure
. However, the evidence about how indulging in your favourite guilty pleasure affects your heart is still unclear.
For this reason, Dr Oscar Franco and his team from the University of Cambridge conducted a large-scale review of the existing evidence to look at how eating chocolate affects cardiovascular events such as stroke and heart attack…
For over 20 years, the health profession has been flat out wrong!
Discover the real secret behind 'The French Paradox'
And why you too could eat fine cheese, tasty fillet and enjoy perfect Merlot every day
The French are renowned for their high fat diet.
From buttery croissants and double-thick cream to duck fat, liver paté, decadent sauces and soft, oozy Camembert. Not a meal goes by where they don’t indulge foods rich in heart-clogging fat.
But here’s the surprising thing:
Their hearts are amazingly healthy!
In fact, according to the World Health Organisation, the average South African is three times more likely to suffer from heart problems than the French.
Even more surprising, their heart health stats are the third lowest in the world – just behind Korea and Japan.
How do they do it?
Find out here, PLUS, how you can trim down by enjoying your food...
Study finds that heavy chocolate consumption can help prevent heart problems
To reach their findings, the team analysed results of seven studies involving over 100,000 people with and without existing heart disease
. For each of the studies, they compared the group who consumed the most chocolate to the group who consumed the least.
Five of the studies showed a beneficial link between higher levels of chocolate consumption and the risk of heart problems. The team also found that the “highest levels of chocolate consumption were associated with a 37% reduction in cardiovascular disease and a 29% reduction in stroke compared with lowest levels”.
While the team looked at consumption of chocolate bars, drinks, biscuits and desserts, they didn’t differentiate between milk and dark chocolate. Furthermore, they said that while they found a link between heavy chocolate consumption and reduced risk of heart problems, they suggests that these findings are interpreted with caution because commercially available chocolate in very high in calories.
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