Eating Chocolate Prevents Heart Disease

Chocolates assortment. Praline chocolate sweetsIf you’re a chocoholic, this is great news: middle-aged and older adults who eat up to 3.5 ounces of chocolate a day seem to have lower rates of heart disease than those who spurn chocolate.

This is the conclusion of a recent U.K. study that followed the health of nearly 21,000 individuals for 11 years. Apparently, the benefit increased with the amount of chocolate consumed. Among those in the top tier of chocolate consumption, 12% developed or died of cardiovascular disease during the study, compared to 17.4% of those who didn’t eat chocolate. The results were published online in the medical journal Heart.

Interestingly, most previous studies on the cardiovascular benefits of chocolate have found that only dark chocolate offered any protection. In this UK study, all types of chocolate, including milk chocolate, seemed to have the same beneficial effect.

So feel good about that chocolate treat. Snack on. The Sweet Tooth offers a wide range of handmade chocolate treats and gourmet gift baskets.


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