According to a study conducted by researchers in the University of Aberdeen, eating chocolate daily has been linked to lower the risk of heart disease and stroke.
According to the researchers, those who took chocolate had an 11 percent lesser risk of cardiovascular disease and a 25 percent reduced risk of associated death. It was also associated with a 23 percent reduced risk of stroke even after taking account of other factors.
The research suggests the perfect amount of chocolate to eat is 100g.
To come to this conclusion, 21,000 adults were analysed and those who ate the most chocolate also tended to be younger, have a lower weight, waist to hip ratio and blood pressure and were less likely to have diabetes and more likely to carry out regular physical activity – all of which add up to a favorable cardiovascular disease risk profile, the researchers said.
“Our study concludes that cumulative evidence suggests higher chocolate intake is associated with a lower risk of future cardiovascular events,” Professor Phyo Mint of the School of Medicine & Dentistry at the University of Aberdeen said.
The study is published in the journal Heart.
Dr Tim Chico, a consultant cardiologist at the University of Sheffield noted after reading the study that he would not advice his patients to increase their chocolate intake based on this research particularly if they are overweight.