Study: Chocolate May Prevent Heart Disease

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Can eating chocolate prevent heart disease? More evidence from a new study is pointing to the fact that having a sweet tooth maybe good for your heart.

Chocolate has been linked to reducing the risk of heart disease before. But in a recent analysis of a study covering more than 100,000 people, researchers found that eating chocolate can reduce the risk of developing heart disease by one-third.

It may also even help prevent strokes.

"We found a potential link between chocolate consumption and prevention of heart disease," Dr. Oscar H. Franco, the lead researcher at the University of Cambridge, told U.S. News & World Report.

However, Franco also noted that the research was still in its early stages and there had been no clinical trials to see if the association were real.

Scientists say dark chocolate is better for you. Chocolate made with at least 60 percent cocoa has the most benefits.

However, they say this is not an excuse to gorge on chocolate. Moderation is key.

The report was published in the Aug. 29 online edition of the BMJ, to coincide with the presentation of the findings at the European Society of Cardiology Congress in Paris.

The study did not receive funding from chocolate manufacturers.

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