According to a study, chocolate apart from tasting good, it is also good for health. Eating chocolate could potentially lower the risk of heart disease and stroke, and could also lower blood pressure and even help people suffering from chronic fatigue syndrome.
Researchers are from the University of Aberdeen in England.
The study says, though “There does not appear to be any evidence to say that chocolate should be avoided in those who are concerned about cardiovascular risk.”
Researchers for the study looked at health data from 20,951 adults, they have tracked the impact of the diet on the long term health of men and women in Norfolk, U.K. Participants consumed 15-100 gm of chocolate per day, it not only includes dark chocolate but also milk chocolate and even hot chocolate.
The research also involves meta-data from approximately 158,000 people.
Researchers found that the participants who consumed the most chocolate had an 11 percent lower risk for coronary heart disease and 23 percent reduced risk for stroke. Higher consumption had a 45 percent reduction in cardiovascular mortality versus lower consumption.
Dr. Phyo Myint, MD, FRCP and the lead author of the study said, “There is, of course, a theoretical plausible explanation of why eating chocolate in moderation may expose some [people] to compounds — for example, flavonols — which are potentially good for risk reduction through cholesterol- and blood-pressure-lowering effects.”
Myint further added, “This may indicate that not only flavonoids, but also other compounds, possibly related to milk constituents, such as calcium and fatty acids, may provide an explanation of the observed association.”
The professor at the University of Aberdeen School of Medicine and Dentistry said, “The key is only to have moderate consumption [of chocolate] and ensure one does not exceed the calorie intake recommended for their height or weight.”
Myint said, “People who want to eat chocolate should not be worried too much about their cardiovascular health. We did not find any harmful effects of chocolate, if they want to enjoy chocolate now and again. The key is moderation.”