Healing foods come no sweeter than this one: chocolate.
It’s been long thought and shown that dark chocolate in particular helps shield the heart from disease. A new study found some amazing proof that didn’t even differentiate between dark, milk, white and other chocolate.
In short, chocolate as a food cure will provide some protection from heart disease.
Chocolate slashed heart disease risk by one third
The new study, in the prestigious British Medical Journal, found that eating a lot of chocolate could slash heart disease risk by one-third. The findings confirm results of existing studies that generally agree on a potential beneficial link between chocolate consumption and heart health. The only thing left to know is whether chocolate actually causes this reduction or if there is some other factor at play that is not yet known.
Heart disease is tied with cancer as the number one killer on the planet,. So taking small dietary steps to protect yourself is a common sense approach. Chocolate has a positive influence on human health due to its antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. This includes reducing blood pressure and improving insulin sensitivity (helping you avoid diabetes).
Yet, how chocolate affects the heart was still unclear. Hence the new study; a large-scale review of the existing evidence to evaluate the effects of eating chocolate on major events like heart attack and stroke.
Chocolate cut hear disease risk 37% and stroke risk 29%
Researchers found seven studies involving over 100,000 participants, some with and some without heart disease. For each study, they compared the group with the highest chocolate consumption against the group with the lowest consumption.
Five studies reported a beneficial link. The highest levels of chocolate consumption were associated with a 37% reduction in heart disease and a 29% reduction in stroke compared with lowest levels.
These studies did not differentiate between dark or milk chocolate and included consumption of
- chocolate bars,
- and desserts.
With the mention of chocolate, we must pay close attention to calories, as it is high in sugar and fat. Eating too much chocolate will lead to weight gain, possible diabetes — and heart disease itself. So, in short, you must eat it only in moderation — such as one or two squares a day. Meanwhile, the researchers hope that food manufacturers will explore ways to reduce fat and sugar in chocolate products.
Dr. Victor Marchione received his Bachelor of Science Degree in 1973 and his Medical Degree from the University of Messina in 1981. He has been licensed and practicing medicine in New York and New Jersey for over 20 years.
Dr. Marchione is a respected leader in the field of smoking cessation and pulmonary medicine. He has been featured on ABC News and World Report, CBS Evening News with Dan Rather and the NBC Today Show and is an editor at the popular Doctor's Health Press website.
Dr. Marchione has also served as Principal Investigator in at least a dozen clinical research projects relating to serious ailments such as bronchitis, pneumonia, asthma, and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).
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