Sweet! Studies Suggests Chocolate Is Good For Your Heart

ST. LOUIS, Mo. (KMOX) — There’s more proof that chocolate can be good for our health.

Researchers at the University of Cambridge in England found five studies that credit chocolate consumption with a 37 percent reduction in cardiovascular disease risk, a 31 percent reduction in diabetes risk and a 29 percent reduction in stroke risk.

“Its no a replacement for a Statin drug,” explains Dr. Ed Geltman, the director of the Heart Failure program at Barnes Jewish Hospital. “But it is something that in small doses can certainly be within someones diet when they have problems.”

Dr. Geltman says chocolate should be consumed in moderation so you don’t get the negative effects of chocolate like extra calories and excesses sugars.

These studies didn’t single out a certain type of chocolate as better than others, but researchers believe dark chocolate has more healthy properties than milk or even white chocolate.

More Links:
Chocolate Tied To Big Drop In Heart Disease Risk
The Sweet Truth About Chocolate and Your Heart

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    […] How can this be? Well, chocolate contains flavonoids, or Vitamin P, which are well-known for their antioxidant activity. Flavonoids have been shown to modify allergens and also carcinogens. Other studies have shown that they play a role in preventing cancer and cardiovascular disease, as they boost blood vessel function. That said, our Ed Geltman, MD, Washington University cardiologist at Barnes-Jewish, said in a recent interview with KMOX Radio: […]

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