Chocolate prevents stroke and heart disease
Did you know that chocolate is very beneficial for your cardiovascular health? It prevents stroke and reduces the risk of heart disease, according to a new scientific study. We discover you more.
That the chocolate, as long as it is not consumed in excess and if it is done regularly, is a nutritious and healthy food that would practically leave no room for doubt, especially if we talk about dark chocolate, as they have been confirming a wide diversity of scientific studies over the previous years. These studies showed the different qualities of chocolate when it comes to caring for our cardiovascular health, thanks, especially to its rich polyphenols.
Moreover, both these studies and the nutritionists themselves established that the most advisable when it comes to enjoying the benefits of dark chocolate on the one hand, and that it would not be a problem for our line on the other, was consuming about 25 grams of chocolate maximum per day. However, a recent study published in the magazine ‘Heart’ recently not only increases that amount but also confirms its qualities for our cardiovascular health.
According to the results of this research, eating up to 100 grams of chocolate daily is linked to having a lower risk of heart disease and stroke. And they are even clearer in stating that, apparently, there is, in fact, no evidence that reducing chocolate consumption reduces the risk of cardiovascular disease. That is, while a moderate and regular consumption would help, its reduction according to dietary parameters (as for example to the line), would not be so beneficial in this regard.
These researchers base their conclusions on around 21,000 adults who participated in the ‘EPIC-Norfolk’ study, which analyzes the impact of diet on long-term health in 25,000 men and women in Norfolk (England). For this, they use lifestyle questionnaires and food frequency. On the other hand, they also carried out a systematic review of the different scientific studies that in previous moments had endorsed the relationship between chocolate and cardiovascular diseases, with the participation of about 158,000 people.
The calculations showed that those who consumed more chocolate compared to those who did not have an 11% lower risk of cardiovascular disease, as well as 25% less associated death. A significantly lower risk of stroke or coronary heart disease was also observed among those who consumed chocolate regularly.
According to the results, the researchers are clear: “The accumulated evidence suggests that the highest chocolate intake is associated with a lower risk of future cardiovascular events.” And, apparently, these results are not only associated with dark chocolate but also milk chocolate, since in the words of scholars, “not only flavonoids but also other compounds, possibly related to milk, such as calcium and fatty acids, can provide an explanation for the association observed. ”