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Monday, August 29, 2011

HEALTH & FOOD: Is chocolate good for your heart? It depends!


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dnaindia.com / Published: Monday, Aug 29, 2011, 16:12 IST.

Chocolate may be good for the heart but cardiologists are not giving you a licence to indulge.

New research presented at Europe's biggest medical meeting on Monday suggested chocolate consumption might be associated with a one third reduction in the risk of developing heart disease.

Just why there should be such a link was unclear, the European Society of Cardiology congress was told.

There has been a string of scientific studies in recent years showing a potential health benefit from eating chocolate. Dark chocolate, in particular, contains compounds called flavanols thought to be good for the blood system.

In an attempt to paint a clearer picture, Oscar Franco and colleagues from the University of Cambridge pooled results from seven studies involving 100,000 people.

Five of the studies showed a beneficial link between eating chocolate and cardiovascular health, while two did not.

Overall, the findings showed the highest levels of chocolate consumption were associated with a 37 percent reduction in cardiovascular disease and a 29 percent reduction in stroke compared with the lowest levels.


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