Eating chocolate could mean lower risk of heart disease

Lisa Wurth

August 30, 2011

Everyone knows that chocolate tastes good, but many don't suppose that it may actually be good for the body, too. Research has previously shown that it may have a positive effect on diabetes and high blood pressure. Now, recent findings speculate that chocolate may reduce the risk of heart disease by 37 percent, according to

Not only that, researchers discovered that the group of participants in the study who ate the most chocolate also had a 29 percent lower risk of stroke, in addition to the cardio benefits.

The study wasn't the most thorough. It didn't distinguish a difference between milk or dark chocolate. Everything from chocolate milk to candy to cookies were recorded in the same fashion. Participants were followed anywhere from 8 to 16 years.

The team was unsure of why chocolate had such significant effects, but speculated that the food's natural antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties may have had something to do with the results.

Seniors who are looking to lead a healthy lifestyle may want to consider improving safety at home, as well as in their diet. Installing a medical alert system in a residence enables users to immediately get in touch with emergency services.  

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