Reduce Heart Diseases Risk with Chocolates

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Heart diseases are among the most morbid and fatal conditions that may strike a person. In fact, the WHO allege that 23.6 million people are expected to die from diseases come 2030. This statistic is mostly due to the increasing trend of people dying from lifestyle related diseases. However, there are also other factors that will greatly lessen the risk of developing heart diseases like diet, exercise, body weight management and lifestyle changes.

In a research conducted by the University of Cambridge, it was found out that consuming lots of chocolates can greatly reduce the risk of developing heart diseases. Dr. Oscar Franco, leader of the research team, emphasized that this study has confirmed their previous research that consuming chocolates is associated with a healthier heart. Franco however mentioned that further studies need to be done since there are other confounding factors that they have not ruled out yet.

Why Chocolate Makes A Healthy Heart?

Chocolates are known to be antioxidants and reduce the free radicals in our body. These free radicals are the most common causes of diseases, especially those related to the heart. Chocolate is also known for its anti-inflammatory properties which positively affect one’s health by regulating insulin production, controlling blood pressure and other important body functions.

Chocolate’s main ingredient, Cocoa is also known for its low-fat and low- calorie content which may be the reason behind the effect of chocolate in lowering risk for heart diseases. However, this aspect was not looked into by the research team.

In the study conducted by the team, they found out the following significant results:

-          Five out of the six cohort studies showed that eating a lot of chocolate reduces the risk of cardiovascular diseases;

-          People who eat the highest amount of chocolate show 37% lower risk of heart diseases compared to those who eat the least;

-          There us 29% lesser risk for developing stroke among people who eat chocolates the most, compared to those who eat the least;

-          Heart failure is not impacted with chocolate consumption.

In the study, it was not specified as to the type of chocolate was consumed so it can be any form of chocolate like dark chocolate, milk chocolate, chocolate drinks, chocolate biscuits and the like. It should be noted, however that most of these commercial chocolates are high in sugar content and this can increase the risk of developing other lifestyle related diseases. Thus, it was suggested that attempts must be made in lessening the sugar and fat content of commercially sold chocolates.

Consuming home-made chocolate goodies like cocoa drinks, or chocolate milk increases the amount of flavan-3-ols in the body. These essential nutrients are important in raising nitric oxide levels, dilating blood vessels to prevent high blood pressure, increased insulin sensitivity, and anti-oxidant properties. These are part of other studies conducted with regard to the importance of chocolates in decreasing heart disease risks.

As they concluded, the research team stated that “”Based on observational evidence, levels of chocolate consumption seem to be associated with a substantial reduction in the risk of cardiometabolic disorders. Further experimental studies are required to confirm a potentially beneficial effect of chocolate consumption.”


Article References:
“Chocolate consumption and cardiometabolic disorders: systematic review and meta-analysis”
Adriana Buitrago-Lopez, Jean Sanderson, Laura Johnson, Samantha Warnakula, Angela Wood, Emanuele Di Angelantonio, Oscar H Franco
BMJ Aug 29, 2011; 343:d4488 doi: 10.1136/bmj.d4488




  1. Oh yeah major brands always give out samples on their products, search online for “Get Samples 123″ I just got mine. CC not required.

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