Regular Chocolate Consumption Lowers Heart Disease Risk by One-Third

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Thank heavens we made a chocolate glaze for our donuts this weekend! A new meta-analysis in the British Medical Journal concluded that after analyzing the chocolate eating habits of over 100,000 peeps, the highest consumers (exact quantity too hard to measure) had a 37% lower risk of cardiovascular disease, 31% lower risk of diabetes, and a 29% lower risk of stroke. Being that most chocolaty foods are also rich in artery-clogging saturated fat and cholesterol, it’s important to choose dark chocolate, and small quantities each day. Such As:  a few squares of Trader Joe’s Dark Chocolate Truffle bar, or any of the low-fat, low-cholesterol chocolate delights posted here.

The reason for chocolate’s ability to guard and protect the heart is it’s high concentration of polyphenols, which are powerful antioxidants and anti-inflammatory agents. However, beans and veggies are also rich sources of these almighty stewards. So, sounds like a diet rich in veggies topped off with some dark chocolate each day is a perfect plan!

More details in today’s USA Today.

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2 Responses to Regular Chocolate Consumption Lowers Heart Disease Risk by One-Third

  1. Love cocoa in the raw!! But man that stuff can light you up if you eat too much! Actually, the gall fighting Cancer with the Gerson Therapy (Wellness Warrior) had posted a chickpea and chocolate dish recently-how wild. Haven’t tried it yet, but seemed like a cook combo.

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