If eating chocolate makes you feel guilty, a new study offers a guarantee, according tomedia. According to the European Society of Cardiology, eating this polyphenol-rich food regularly may significantly reduce your risk of heart disease later in life. New research shows that beneficial compounds in chocolate help keep coronary arteries healthy, and new research builds on past studies of this food.
Of course, chocolate is a sweet treat made from cocoa syrup and cocoa butter as the main ingredients. Cocoa and its derivatives contain large amounts of flavonoids and polyphenols, plant compounds found in many foods and have various health benefits.
Past studies of chocolate have shown that chocolate is associated with reduced risk of high blood pressure and protection of the lining of blood vessels. The latest research focuses on the coronary arteries and whether eating chocolate helps protect them from damage. The results were based on six or seven studies and data from more than 336,000 people.
The study found that people who ate chocolate at least once a week were 8 percent less likely to develop coronary artery disease, which eventually causes blocked arteries and a heart attack. It is well known that these compounds in chocolate promote healthy cholesterol and reduce inflammation, two factors that may help prevent the disease.
Questions remain as to whether one type of chocolate is more beneficial than other types of chocolate, and the study lacks details about how much to eat. Of course, it’s important to remember that not all chocolates are the same, and typical milk chocolate is usually high in fat and sugar, so it’s unhealthy to eat heavily.