Chocolate is one of the most consumed desserts in the world. It’s not only delicious, it’s also filled with plenty of health benefits, studies show.
According to a new study, eating chocolate whether milk or dar, is good for the cardiovascular health.
The researchers who conducted the study found that eating an average of 100gr of chocolate every day might lower the risk of stroke and heart disease.
The findings of the new study were published in the medical journal Heart.
To come to this conclusion, the researchers examined the data from more than 21,000 adults that participated in a very large study.
The study was conducted with the purpose of tracking the impact diet has on a person’s health on the long term.
All the participants, both men and women, were monitored for about 12 years. During this period, 3013 people developed a type of cardiovascular disease, either stroke or heart attack.
Approximately 20% of the participants did not consume any chocolate, while the rest ate daily an average of 7 grams.
Some ate as much as 100 grams of chocolate a day.
According to the study, those who consumed a higher amount of chocolate were younger and had a lower weight.
Eating chocolate was also associated with a higher intake of energy and a diet that contained more carbohydrates and fatm and less alcohol and protein.
The new study suggested that those who ate more chocolate had an 11% lower risk of heart disease and a 25% lower risk of death associated with cardiovascular diseases.
Also, the participants who consumed the most chocolate were 23% less likely to suffer from stroke.
However, some researchers said that this is only an observational study and it does not suggest a cause and effect between eating chocolate and a lower risk of cardiovascular disease.
The study also found that most of the participants consumed milk chocolate, which is considered less healthy because it contains a higher level of fat and sugar, compared to dark chocolate.
Still, this does not seem to affect the participants’ heart health, according to the authors of the study.
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