The consumption of chocolate is “strongly associated with reduced cardiac mortality in people – not diabetic, who have survived a heart attack,” says the study published in the September issue of the Journal of Internal Medicine.

And this beneficial relationship is dose dependent, meaning that increases with the amount ingested, the study goes on to say that is worth a bit more chocolate than anything.

Due to their percentage of fat and sugar (which can vary depending on its composition), chocolate is usually banned for diabetics.

So Dr. Imre Janszky and colleagues at the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm, the study authors focused on the Swedes who do not have the disease, studying 1169 nondiabetic men and women between 45 and 70 who suffered a heart attack at the beginning 1990s.

Before being discharged from the hospital, they were questioned about the frequency of consumption of black or milk chocolate (daily, weekly and monthly) and its amount over the last twelve months.

It took into consideration other factors like alcohol consumption and obesity to snuff and not distort the results.

The virtues of cocoa, chocolate and by extension the black one, and were known for their effects on blood pressure and blood fluidity. Antioxidants (flavonoids), abundant in chocolate (black), could be responsible for this, so it should verify the percentage of cocoa from the tablets before buying, since some contain only 10 or 15 percent.

Other studies have shown that chocolate can reduce the mortality of elderly men in good health, and women after menopause.

Recognizing their merits, doctors are “prudent” and are careful not to encourage excessive consumption of this delicacy to the problems of overweight with those found in their offices.

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