Don’t feel guilty about eating extra chocolate. The peer-reviewed journal Heart published a study showing that eating up to 100 grams of chocolate, which is around 3.5 ounces, a day is correlated to a lower risk of heart disease and stroke.
Researchers based their findings on the ongoing EPIC-Norfolk study in England, in which 21,000 adults are tracked by their food intake and lifestyles. Findings suggest that people who ate more chocolate were younger and had a lower BMI. Participants had an 11 percent lower risk of developing cardiovascular disease and a 25 percent lower risk of associated death.
The evidence also found higher chocolate intake led to a 23 percent lower risk of stroke. The people who consumed more chocolate had a diet with more fat and carbohydrates and less protein and alcohol.
The study also noted that there was not a particular bias towards a certain chocolate. Dark chocolate is notoriously healthy, but the popular choice amongst the participants was milk chocolate, which is definitely exciting news.