Could nibbling on a chocolate a day keep the doctor away? It turns out chocolate lovers may have a lowered risk of heart disease and stroke, in addition to really good taste. A new study in Norfolk, England has sweet-toothed participants rejoicing, as researchers found that eating up to 100 g of chocolate each day can boost heart health. The study, published in the journal Heart, tracked the long-term health of 25,000 men and women, including chocolate intake.
The observational EPIC-Norfolk study tracked the diet, and chocolate, habits of the pool of adults over a long period of time. Four out of five participants were avid chocolate eaters, some consuming 100 g per day. The average chocolate consumption amongst the group was 7 g of chocolate per day, a sizable morsel big enough to satisfy a chocolate craving.
Over time, the researchers observations showed that the participants who noshed on chocolate were healthier. Those who include chocolate in their diets averaged lower weight, more energy intake, less alcohol consumption and more physical activity- all factors leading to decreased risk of cardiovascular disease. Over all, the chocolate lovers were found to run an 11% lower risk of heart disease and complications.
Although the study is purely observational, the researchers are confident that a little chocolate a day is associated with healthy behavior, healthy hearts, and a happy sweet tooth!
Via Science Daily