“People who eat a moderate amount of chocolate daily, have a lower risk of cardiovascular disease,” said lead researcher Dr. Phyo Myint, adding that “Chocolate, if consumed in moderate quantities, doesn’t have any adverse health effects.”
25 000 people participated in the research. The scientists researched their habits for 12 years. During this period, 14% of the participants suffered from a heart disease, and part of them had a heart attack.
The results of the analysis showed that people who consume 100g of chocolate a day have a 14% lower risk of developing a heart disease and 23% lower risk of a heart attack. The risk of dying from a heart disease, a heart attack or a stroke was reduced by 45%.
Chocolate contains high levels of flavonoids – compounds that have been shown to have anti-inflammatory properties. But chocolate also contains other ingredients that are good for our health, such as milk and nuts. It also contains a certain type of fatty acids that can improve the heart’s health.
When they studied the life habits of the participants, the scientists realized that the participants who consumed a daily moderate amount of chocolate, and were physically active, had a lower risk of having type 2 diabetes and obesity.
The scientists stressed that we must not rely solely on the consumption of chocolate when it comes to reducing the risk of heart disease. Chocolate should be part of a balanced diet, and the key is to consume it moderately.