Another reason to munch your favourite bar — it’s good for health
30th August 2011: Here is another reason for you to much your favourite chocolate bar — it is good for your health.
You have savored it for its taste. Now bite it for good health. For a study by researchers at the University of Cambridge has come to the conclusion that regular consumption of chocolate may cut down by a third the risk of developing heart disease.
The finding only substantiate the results of earlier studies on a potential positive link between eating chocolate and heart health, the Daily Mail reported.
As a part of the study, Dr Oscar Franco and Cambridge colleagues conducted a wide review of the existing proof to see the effects of eating chocolate on heart attacks and strokes.
For the purpose, Dr Franco analyzed the results of as many as seven studies, involving more than 100,000 people, with and without existing heart disease.
For each study, they compared the group with the highest chocolate consumption against the group with the lowest.
To minimize the bias, differences in study design and quality were also taken into consideration.
Nothing less than five studies indicated a constructive connection between higher levels of chocolate consumption and the risk of cardiovascular events.
They concluded that the "highest levels of chocolate consumption were associated with a 37 per cent reduction in cardiovascular disease and a 29 per cent reduction in stroke compared with lowest levels".
Significant reduction was not found in relation to heart failure, the researchers reported in the British Medical Journal.
The studies did not differentiate between dark or milk chocolate and included consumption of chocolate bars, drinks, biscuits and desserts.