Good news once again for chocolate lovers! Apparently, eating up to 100g (40z) of chocolate every day has been linked to a lowered risk of heart disease and stroke.
Researchers from the University of Aberdeen, found that those who have a higher chocolate intake had a 23% reduced risk of stroke compared to those who had none. You’re probably thinking, what about other potential factors which could contribute to these risks, well apparently these conclusions were made even after other factors were taken into account.
100g of chocolate is roughly the equivalent of two bars of Dairy Milk a day in case you were wondering.
Eating more chocolate also gave an 11% lower risk of cardiovascular disease and a 25% lowered risk of associated death according to the research.
The study came from an analysis of about 21,000 adults taking part. They’re tracking the impact of diet on the long-term health of 25,000 men and women in Norfolk.
The study authors pointed out that dark chocolate is usually said to have more beneficial effects than milk chocolate, however participants more frequently ate milk chocolate.
Those who ate the most chocolate tended to be younger, be of a lower weight, waist to hip ratio and blood pressure. They were also more likely to carry out regular physical activity, all of which add up to a favourable cardiovascular disease risk profile, according to researchers.
Other studies have also found that chocolate can have effects that might reduce cardiovascular disease such as reduction in blood pressure.
Dr Tim Chico, reader in cardiovascular medicine and consultant cardiologist at the University of Sheffield warns that “These studies taken together suggest that there might be some health benefits from eating chocolate. However, it is also clear that chocolate has the potential to increase weight, which is unequivocally bad for cardiovascular health.”
If you’re a healthy weight than eating chocolate in moderation doesn’t increase heart disease risk and may also have some benefits.
He added “I would not advise my patients to increase their chocolate intake based on this research, particularly if they are overweight.”