A number of studies have found that chocolate consumption appears to lower the risk of heart attack and stroke.
The risk of stroke was 23% lower in the one-fifth of people consuming the most chocolate—0.5 ounces to 3.5 ounces (16-99 grams) per day—compared to people consuming no chocolate over an average follow-up of 11-years according to a recent analysis from researchers in the U.K.
The researchers looked at data from another five (5) studies and found similar results, that higher versus lower chocolate consumption was associated with a 21% lower risk of stroke.
Three (3) studies found a 45% lower risk of dying from cardiovascular disease (which includes both heart attack and stroke) among those who consumed the most chocolate versus the least.
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