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Chocolate and Your Heart Health

Will cutting chocolate out of your diet lower your risk of heart disease?

HealthDay Chocolate and Your Heart

Video Transcript: 

Good news for chocoholics worried about the effect this sweet treat may be having on their heart.

A new study finds eating up to 100 grams … or three-and-a-half ounces … of chocolate a day may lower your risk of heart disease and stroke. Researchers analyzed food frequency and lifestyle questionnaires filled out by almost 21,000 men and women who were monitored for more than a decade. Participants who ate more chocolate had an 11 percent lower risk of cardiovascular disease and a 25 percent lower risk of associated death. Those with high chocolate intake also had a 23 percent lower risk of stroke. The researchers also reviewed previously published studies that looked at the link between chocolate and cardiovascular disease… and concluded that cumulative evidence supports their findings.

They also point out that milk chocolate…which is not thought to be as “healthy” as dark chocolate… was more frequently eaten, so the health benefits may extend to both kinds.

I’m Dr. Cindy Haines of HealthDay TV… your source for ideas to protect your health.