Could Eating Dark Chocolate Help To Protect Your Heart?
We all have guilty pleasures in our day to day diets that we know we shouldn’t eat so much of, like crisps, red wine and biscuits for example. However we still eat them because, come on let’s face it, they taste great.
Now imagine your favourite guilty pleasure actually turned out to be good for you, nice thought isn’t it?
Well lovers of dark chocolate rejoice because a recent study has discovered that lengthy consumption of the treat could actually result in the protection of your heart.
The study, conducted by a team of researchers in Australia, has suggested that eating dark chocolate every day for 10 years could reduce the likelihood of heart attacks and strokes in some high-risk patients.
To collect the findings the researchers used a mathematical model which predicted the long-term health impact of daily dark chocolate consumption in 2,013 people with a condition known as metabolic syndrome, which puts them at high risk of heart disease.
The results suggested that if no patient missed any of their daily portions the treatment could potentially avert 70 non-fatal and 15 fatal heart attacks or strokes per 10,000 people over 10 years.
However before we all get too excited about the findings Kenneth Ong from the Brooklyn Hospital Center has issued a word of warning.
He said; ‘recommendations for daily consumption of dark chocolate will certainly get people with metabolic syndrome excited, but at this point these findings are more hypothetical than proven, and the results need real-life data to confirm.’
Nevertheless, any study that attempts to justify eating chocolate everyday is fine by me.
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