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If you’re craving a Hershey’s bar, go ahead and indulge yourself.Chocolate lovers who feed their sweet teeth might be reducing their risk of heart disease, diabetes and stroke, according to a new review from the University of Cambridge (Via Daily Record).
Previous studies have shown that chocolate, specifically dark, releases chemicals that help reduce the inflammation that leads to heart disease.
In the University of Cambridge’s latest published research in the British Medical Journal, five of seven studies on the issue showed a positive link between higher levels of chocolate consumption and lower risks of several diseases.
The combined study involved more than 100,000 people who consumed dark, milk and white chocolate in the forms of chocolate bars, drinks, biscuits and other desserts. “High consumption” was generally recorded has eating chocolate more than once a week or at once a week or 7.5g daily.
In one study, people who ate the most chocolate had a 37 per cent reduced risk of heart disease and a 29 per cent reduction in stroke, compared with those eating less. Another study found 31 per cent lower risk of diabetes for chocolate-lovers.
These studies are definitely good news for chocolate lovers, but the authors of the study still warned against weight gain from chocolate consumption and weight gain can increase chances of heart disease, cancer and diabetes.
It seems eating chocolate is still a double edged sword.