Chocolate is good for the heart

27 October 2010
Chocolate is good for the heart
Chocolate is not only a delight to the palate, with which to console the sorrows and the stresses of everyday life, but recently is also present in the news headlines for its scientific antioxidant properties.

A recent Swedish study has analyzed the virtues of chocolate by examining 1,169 men and women without diabetes who had been suffering from a heart attack. All patients were asked to complete a questionnaire designed to photograph their usual diet, lifestyle and consumption of chocolate in the last twelve months. Within three months after leaving the hospital, the researchers subjected to regular monitoring all the patients, and have followed their fortunes for a period of eight years through national registers of hospitalization and death.

After taking into account relevant factors such as age, sex, obesity, sedentary lifestyle, smoking and level of education, students in Stockholm concluded that those who consumed more chocolate had a better chance of survival.

As explained by the authors of the study in The Journal of Internal Medicine, the chocolate could help to reduce the mortality rate due to the action of flavonoids, the precious antioxidants which are abundant in chocolate. These findings are the result of an observational study and not a research that shows a cause / effect relationship between chocolate and the survival rate.

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