Eating chocolate—in moderation, of course—is associated with a reduced risk of coronary artery disease (CAD), according to new findings published in the European Journal of Preventive Cardiology.
“In the past, clinical studies have shown that chocolate is beneficial for both blood pressure and the lining of blood vessels,” lead author Chayakrit Krittanawong, MD, a cardiologist at the Baylor College of Medicine, said in a statement. “I wanted to see if it affects the blood vessels supplying the heart or not. And if it does, is it beneficial or harmful?”
Krittanawong and colleagues explored data from six different studies, good for a grand total of more than 336,000 patients. Eating chocolate more than once a week was specifically connected to an 8% decrease in a person’s risk of CAD. In particular, it appears that chocolate works wonders for the health of coronary arteries.
He did add, however, that moderation is still critical. Eating too much chocolate can still cause issues, especially for individuals with diabetes or those struggling with obesity.