Christopher M. Reid, PhD, professor of cardiovascular epidemiology and preventive medicine at Monash University in Australia, used statistics to study the benefits of eating dark chocolate to help prevent heart attacks. Using a mathematical model looking over a 10 year period, they were able to predict the long-term health effects of eating dark chocolate daily in high-risk people and found, “[d]ark chocolate may be a pleasant and effective way of delivering important dietary components that can provide health benefits to the ever increasing numbers of people at increased risk of cardiovascular disease.”
Now, Reid and team admit that it’s a relatively simple model (compared to a real human), and it doesn’t take into account the negative side effects of eating chocolate, like the fat and sugar. Still the direction seems clear: a little bit of chocolate each day can help prevent heart attacks.
How Much Chocolate Should You Eat?
Their model used approximately 2 bars per day. That’s, 2 bars of dark chocolate: 60% – 70% cocoa. You probably don’t need to eat that much. Joe Vinson, PhD, professor of chemistry at the University of Scranton, suggests that eating one bar of dark chocolate a day is probably enough. Definitely good news for anyone like myself who enjoys chocolate.
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