Good news for all the chocoholics! Eating chocolates wards off diseases

Findings of a latest research can be a sigh of relief for chocoholics. The new research showed that women who regularly ate chocolates were at a reduced risk of having stroke. Read on to know more.

Vasudha Bhat
Written by: Vasudha BhatUpdated at: Sep 27, 2017 16:24 IST
Good news for all the chocoholics! Eating chocolates wards off diseases

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The dream of every woman is not to find the perfect man. It is to eat without getting fat. Eat foods like pizzas, cheese-laden pastas, high calorie burgers and chocolates that too lots of them. Talking about chocolates, they can be your best companion through your thick and thin. When you are happy you like to eat them and share your happiness with everyone you know. When you are low they can be your best friend with whom you can stay alone in a room and ponder over the vagaries of life. However, when it comes to the calorie count you consume through these chocolates, you get sent to another level of depression.

Here is the happy news!

Here comes some good news for women and confectionary makers all across the globe. A latest research has shown that there could be some health benefits of eating more chocolate. In the research that was published in the issue of Journal of the American College of Cardiology, over 33,000 Swedish women were studied. All these women did not have any medical history of stroke, heart disease, cancer or diabetes and were aged between the ages 49 and 83. They were made to complete surveys on 350+ dietary and lifestyle indicators. 

This short study found that women who had the highest consumption of chocolate with at least two candy bars per week had 20 percent less chance of a stroke. 

What the experts say 

An associate professor in the division of nutritional epidemiology at the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm says "cocoa contains flavonoids, which have antioxidant properties and can suppress oxidation of low-density lipoprotein ['bad' cholesterol] which can cause cardiovascular disease [including stroke]".  

The warning 

Despite its health benefits, the doctors caution chocoholics reminding that it is essential to have balanced diet and saying that the research by no means indicates that women should start gulping down bar after bar of chocolate. 

A cardiologist and medical director of the Joan H. Tisch Center for Women’s Health at NYU Langone Medical Center in New York City, Dr. Nieca Goldberg says "it's important to keep findings like these in context. These findings don't mean that people need to exchange chocolate for broccoli in their diet .... Chocolate does have antioxidants, and antioxidants are beneficial for your health. They can help make your arteries more flexible and they can help you resist the oxidation of cholesterol. But, what if they had tried this study with apple skins or grapes"? 

So, leave all your worries and gulp down a bar of chocolate to keep diseases at bay, but keep it under control.

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