Dark Chocolate: A sweet and simple studyIn the past, studies eluded to the idea that small amounts of dark chocolate provided short-term benefits for heart health. Yet, a recent study wanted to confirm that dark chocolate could not only protect cardiovascular health long-term, but also in people at risk. Researchers collected 2,013 study participants who had high blood pressure or metabolic syndrome, which are both considered to be markers for heart disease. However, the participants were not taking any medication for their condition. After eating one ounce (or one square) of dark chocolate per day for 10 years, the results were rather convincing!
Dark Chocolate improves cardiovascular healthIn an attempt to find realistic results, researchers gathered data that reflected 100% compliance (consuming dark chocolate everyday) and 80% compliance (consuming dark chocolate on most days). They found in people treated over 10 years it was estimated that:
- With 100% compliance dark chocolate could prevent 70 non-fatal and 15 fatal cardiovascular events.
- And even in the 80% compliance group, people could avoid 55 non-fatal and 10 fatal cardiovascular events.