Researchers Find Link Between Chocolate Consumption And Heart Health

Previous studies have suggested that cocoa contains antioxidants and compounds powerful enough to improve cardiovascular function and mood by stimulating the production of endorphins in the brain.

Now, a team of scientists at the University of Cambridge can definitively point to a strong association between chocolate consumption and an decreased risk of cardiovascular events, such as stroke or heart attack.

It was found that the "highest levels of chocolate consumption were associated with a 37 percent reduction in cardiovascular disease and a 29 percent reduction in stroke, compared with lowest levels," wrote study authors.

Authors of the research noted that they did not distinguish between types of chocolate consumed. However, they said that many types of chocolate candy and dessert contain high amounts of sugar and fat, so individuals should be careful about the varieties they choose as well as the quantity they eat.

The World Health Organization estimates that 23.6 million people will die of heart disease by 2030 if health current trends continue. Diet and lifestyle habits are key factors in preventing cardiovascular problems, and studies suggest that these may now include regular intake of dark chocolate.


Easy Health Options Staff

By Easy Health Options Staff

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