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Eating chocolate is good for the heart

Let’s be honest, this new study will allow us to relieve our guilt and, without devouring a bar of chocolate a day, allow us this little pleasure of biting into a square of chocolate.

Rich in natural sources of flavanols

While waiting for World Cocoa and Chocolate Day, which will take place on October 1, 2022, a recent study published in ‘The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition’ shows that cocoa is excellent against the risk of cardiovascular disease. American scientists have deciphered the data of 21,000 people over the age of 60. For this study, candidates received either a cocoa flavanol supplement, a multivitamin tablet, both, or nothing at all.

A 27% reduction in cardiovascular risks

Anti-fatigue, anti-depression but also antioxidant, this supercharged square would therefore be our ‘health ally’ since it reduces the risk of dying from cardiovascular disease by 27%. The flavanols (also contained in tea leaves and certain fruits and vegetables) present in cocoa reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease by a third. But beware, scientists warn: “Our message to consumers is to eat a healthy, balanced diet rich in natural sources of flavanols, no need to gobble up chocolate squares“… In order to keep in shape, you must not smoke, play sports, consume little alcohol and avoid excess.

The call of the chocolate Easter eggs…

Finally, note that cocoa butter increases good cholesterol and lowers the bad. The prescription: a bar of 30 g of dark chocolate (70% cocoa minimum) per day, the ideal being to switch to raw, unroasted chocolate. Easter is coming, and whether you’re a child or an adult, you won’t be able to resist the call of chocolate Easter eggs…

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