A joyous day indeed when the research done by the medical community actually finds that one of your favorite foods can aid your heart, cut your stroke risk and lower blood pressure. And just in time for Easter!
Tomorrow’s publication of the European Heart Journal includes the results of an eight-year study by German researchers, the first to track the effects of chocolate over a long period of time. Following nearly 20,000 participants, all who were similar in health, risk factors and Body Mass Index (BMI), the researchers sent periodic queries on diet, exercise and health issues. The end result showed that eating 6 grams of chocolate—the equivalent of one square—per day, lowered the risk of heart attack and stroke by 39 percent.