Chocolate can have a positive effect on the human cardiovascular system. This conclusion was reached by scientists from the American Baylor College of Medicine, whose study was published in the European Journal of Preventive Cardiology.
Experts analyzed the data of 300 thousand patients and established a link between chocolate consumption and the presence of coronary diseases. It turned out that for people who ate this sweet at least once a week, the risk of developing coronary heart disease was eight percent lower than the rest.
Researchers explain the beneficial properties of chocolate by the presence of stearic acid, flavonoids, and polyphenols-elements that strengthen the heart and help to increase the level of “good” cholesterol.
Scientists recalled that chocolate should be consumed only in small quantities, and its excess in the diet can threaten the development of obesity and type 2 diabetes.