It's official: dark chocolate significantly reduces heart disease
Eating dark chocolate every day for two weeks can significantly reduce the risk of heart disease.
Grazing on a couple of squares of dark chocolate every day across a fortnight is apparently one way to beat high blood pressure and reduce the risk of diabetes – both of which can lead to heart attacks and strokes.
The health benefits of our favourite snack have been well-documented, but this study is the first to highlight how rapid an effect dark chocolate can have at preventing illness.
The researchers who conducted the study believe these results could mean chocolate could help some patients improve their health without needing to take prescription drugs.
However, the scientists did stress that it is only dark chocolate and not milk chocolate that is good for the heart. Dark chocolate, which has high levels of cocoa, contains flavanols which produce nitric oxide which in turn helps relax artery walls and allows blood to flow more easily.
One researcher commented: ‘Our findings suggest flavanol-rich, low-energy cocoa food products may have a positive impact on cardiovascular risk factors.’