Harshly combating the general consideration that all good things are bound to be unhealthy, late research proves chocolate is really heart-friendly, bringing, thus, great news to all those who enjoy this godly delight.
The recent British study, published in the journal Heart, which is part of the British Medical Journal group, shows that chocolate isn’t just tasty but it may actually reduce risks associated to heart conditions, such as strokes or heart attacks.
The real news of the study resides in the fact that now also milk chocolate was proven to be beneficial for the heart, in contrast with the previous belief that claimed only dark chocolate to have such properties.
Specialists believe that this may be explained due to the calcium that exists in the milk, along with the flavonoids found in the chocolate. Flavonoids are organic compounds recognized for their anti-inflammatory characteristics.
Another benefit that could be observed by researchers correlates chocolate consumption to a better general state of health, fact suggested by other sorts of measurements, like BMI (body mass index), systolic blood pressure and inflammatory proteins.
The research was conducted by means of a survey, filled out by 21,000 adults in Norfolk, in the 1990s. The questionnaire requested them to state the number of chocolate squares, bars or hot chocolates they consumed every day.
Throughout the following 12 years, the participants were observed if they experienced any type of heart problems. One person out of five questioned answered that they never consume any chocolate, whereas the others declared they eat a quantity of chocolate of 7g to 100g a day.
The results revealed that the chocolate consumers had a lower level of BMI, lower blood pressure, fewer instances of diabetes, did more exercise and admitted to a healthier general diet than the rest.
In comparison with the non-consumers of chocolate, they had an 11% lower risk of cardiovascular disease and 25% lower risk of premature death.
However, clear specifications on moderation also apply to chocolate so it should be enjoyed in small quanities and generally associated with a healthy diet and, of course, a healthy life-style.
Charles Mueller, clinical assistant professor of nutrition at New York University’s Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development, explains that the chocolate eaters who were involved in the study also engaged other behaviors or eat other foods that have heart benefits.
Hence, the above mentioned study was an observational one and researchers only determined a correlation between chocolate consumption and heart conditions. They advise to regard these results not as definite since there was not determined a clear cause-effect conclusion.
Although these results need to be taken cum grano salis, they are still great news for chocolate enthusiasts, since it is clear that chocolate consumption is connected to a certain cardiovascular benefit.