If the stress of the season pushed you to turn to chocolate for. Reinforcement, do not have regrets. A new analysis of previous studies reveals a good reason to enjoy (with Measure) the favorite delicacy.
As he showed, those who eat systematically have little chocolate almost 10% less likely to develop heart disease, compared to those who never touch it.
How often should one consume it to reap this benefit; According to the study, once a week is enough, said the lead researcher Dr. Chayakrit Krittanawong, Cardiologist at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston.
«Our findings suggest that a little chocolate helps keep blood vessels in the heart healthy», he said. «In the past, Clinical studies have shown that chocolate benefits both blood vessels and blood pressure. In the present study we wanted to see if and how it affects the coronary arteries of the heart».
In three countries
The study was conducted by analyzing six previous clinical studies, in which 336.289 volunteers provided detailed nutritional information. Among other things, they mentioned how much chocolate they ate.
Most participants came from the USA, but almost 69.000 were Swedes and 1.200 Australians.
During average follow-up 9 years, 14.043 of the participants developed coronary heart disease and 4.667 suffered a heart attack. Myocardial infarction occurs when coronary heart disease worsens considerably (heart disease) and block blood flow to the heart.
The study showed that consuming chocolate once a week or more often was associated with a reduced risk of coronary heart disease..
The mode of action
Chocolate contains nutrients that benefit the heart, explained Dr. Krittanawong. These include::
- Stearic acid
«These ingredients can reduce inflammation and increase good or HDL cholesterol. In this way they reduce the risk of heart disease», he added.
Ο Dr. Krittanawong was quick to add that the present study did not consider which type of chocolate is most effective. Nor what is the appropriate amount. However recommended to limit ourselves to a small amount of dark chocolate, because it contains less sugar and fat.
instead, overconsumption should be avoided, which in no study has been found to be beneficial. The latter recommendation applies primarily to patients with diabetes mellitus and / or obesity., concluded Dr.. Krittanawong.
The new study δημοσιεύθηκε στην ιατρική επιθεώρηση European Journal of Preventive Cardiology, published by the European Society of Cardiology (ESC).