A new study suggests that consuming chocolate might have health benefits including reduced cardiac problems and lower risk of stroke.
While the findings are positive, more research needs to be done. And, eating too much chocolate with corresponding high caloric intake probably wouldn’t be good for people. But, for all of you chocolate lovers out there, this might be good news for your health.
If you would like to learn to eat healthier, CPA recently added nutrition counseling services. We believe nutrition and physical health are an important part of good mental health. Check out information on our new nutritionist, Laura Foresta.
Excerpts from Article:
In a city renowned for its love of food, it is only fitting that researchers presented the results of a new study in Paris, France, showing that chocolate is good for the heart and brain. In a presentation at the European Society of Cardiology ESC 2011 Congress, British investigators are reporting that individuals who ate the most chocolate had a 37% lower risk of cardiovascular disease and a 29% lower risk of stroke compared with individuals who ate the least amount of chocolate.
In the study, published online August 29, 2011 in BMJ to coincide with the ESC presentation, Dr Adriana Buitrago-Lopez University of Cambridge, UK and colleagues state: “Although overconsumption can have harmful effects, the existing studies generally agree on a potential beneficial association of chocolate consumption with a lower risk of cardiometabolic disorders. Our findings confirm this, and we found that higher levels of chocolate consumption might be associated with a one-third reduction in the risk of developing cardiovascular disease.”
Read full article: Chocolate Good for the Heart and Brain.
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