Chocolate Consumption Reduces Chances of Heart Attack
Wednesday, June 17, 2015
Researchers from the University of Aberdeen have stated that consuming chocolate daily reduces the chances of heart disease and stroke. This has been stated after they examined the eating habits of 21,000 adults who took part in the EPIC-Norfolk study. The study is tracking the impact of diet on the long term health of 25,000 men and women in Norfolk, England.
It asserted that eating up to 100 gram of milk chocolate or dark chocolate every day can reduce the chances of stroke and heart disease. The findings revealed that eating chocolate regularly reduced the risk of cardiovascular disease by 11 percent and that of associated death by 25 percent.
The findings published in the British Medical Journal’s ‘Heart’ magazine reveals that consuming chocolate was associated with a 9 percent lower risk of hospital admission or death as a result coronary heart disease. The study conducted over a period of 12 years used questionnaires. Researchers stated that consuming more chocolate was associated with higher energy and a diet containing more fat and carbohydrates and less protein and alcohol. It also stated that eating more chocolate was prevalent in younger generations who had lower BMI, waist to hip ratio, systolic blood pressure, inflammatory proteins, diabetes and more physical activity- all of which contributes to a favourable cardiovascular disease risk profile.