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Chocolate Good for Heart? - Care2.com

Researchers from the UK and Colombia say their meta-analysis of seven studies focused on chocolate and a reduction in heart disease shows eating small amounts of chocolate could reduce the risk of heart disease by 37%, and the risk of stroke by 29%. “Although overconsumption can have harmful effects, the existing studies generally agree on a potential beneficial association of chocolate consumption with a lower risk of cardiometabolic disorders. Our findings confirm this, and we found that higher levels of chocolate consumption might be associated with a one-third reduction in the risk of developing cardiovascular disease.” (Source: theheart.org ) Chocolate products can contain high levels of fat and sugar, so consuming them for a proposed health benefit must be done in moderation. Their meta-analysis did not distinguish between dark, milk, or white chocolate. Not everyone...

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