Chocolate 'cuts heart risk by a third'

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    Aug 30, 2011 8:46 PM GMT
    I feel like this is one of those things where it is best to follow the recommendations of the study than not - just in case of course.

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/health/healthnews/8729306/Chocolate-cuts-heart-risk-by-a-third.html

    Eating chocolate regularly could cut the risk of heart disease by a third, according to the largest analysis of its kind to date.

    Those who eat more chocolate have a 37 per cent lower risk of cardiovascular disease than those who eat little, according to a Cambridge University analysis of seven separate studies, containing in total over 100,000 people.

    They also have a 29 per cent lower chance of stroke, although they do not have a lower risk of heart failure.

    The studies, which followed people in Germany, the Netherlands, Sweden, the US and Japan for about a decade on average, did not focus on dark chocolate alone, which is believed to be the most beneficial type.

    Rather, they included consumption of other types including milk chocolate and chocolate bars, drinks, biscuits and desserts.

    Dr Oscar Franco, from the university’s Cardiovascular Epidemiology Unit, said no one really understood why chocolate appeared to be so good for heart health.
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    Aug 30, 2011 9:44 PM GMT
    Now if they'll do this same study with bacon, that would justify having chocolate covered bacon every morning for breakfast. icon_biggrin.gif
  • Lincsbear

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    Aug 30, 2011 10:03 PM GMT
    Maybe it`s to do with an attitude of mind:those who are more relaxed(and tend to eat more chocolate) are healthier than those who are uptight about not eating 'unhealthy' foods like chocolate.
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    Aug 30, 2011 10:10 PM GMT
    Well considering our family have a history of heart disease, bring it on.

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    Aug 30, 2011 10:16 PM GMT
    “If you want to reduce your heart disease risk, there are much better places to start than at the bottom of a box of chocolates.”

    Yeah, at the top!
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    Aug 30, 2011 10:33 PM GMT
    DARK CHOCOLATE cuts the risk, not sugary, chemical filled milk chocolate, important difference!
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    Aug 30, 2011 10:35 PM GMT
    come and get me boys!!! LOL! icon_lol.gif

    But seriously it is not the Hershey type chocolate they are talking about. It is has to be at least 65% cocao and dark chocolate. Not milk chocolate... very bad and run from white chocolate.
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    Aug 30, 2011 10:37 PM GMT
    spidey54 saidDARK CHOCOLATE cuts the risk, not sugary, chemical filled milk chocolate, important difference!


    Did you guys not read the link? This is the first study that didn't distinguish between dark or milk chocolate. Any source of chocolate counted, whether chocolate bars, chocolate drinks, or chocolate cookies, for example.
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    Aug 31, 2011 12:20 AM GMT
    I keep telling my coworkers chocolate is heart medicine.

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    Aug 31, 2011 12:33 AM GMT
    paulflexes saidNow if they'll do this same study with bacon, that would justify having chocolate covered bacon every morning for breakfast. icon_biggrin.gif


    YEEEEEEEEEESSSSS CHOCOLATE COVERED BACON!!!!!!!!! icon_biggrin.gif
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    Aug 31, 2011 1:00 AM GMT
    Go chocolate!

    I'd have some, but just did.
    Oh, ok, you talked me into having some more.


    Seriously, read the label before your next fix.
    If sugar is the first ingredient... step away.
  • squash4dave

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    Aug 31, 2011 4:03 AM GMT
    paulflexes saidNow if they'll do this same study with bacon, that would justify having chocolate covered bacon every morning for breakfast. icon_biggrin.gif



    Oooooh. That's not kosher. lol icon_eek.gif
  • squash4dave

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    Aug 31, 2011 4:09 AM GMT
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    MuchMoreThanMuscle saidDang, I just craved chocolate all of the sudden.
    I think I'm secretly woman, because I always crave cockolate. I mean chocolate.


    No. I think that you got it right the first time. COCKolate. That's cock dipped in chocolate. Do they have cockolate fondue? Yum!icon_redface.gif
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    Aug 31, 2011 7:11 AM GMT
    So it's healthy for me to eat Krispy Kreme donuts with chocolate icing? icon_wink.gif And Reese's cups?

    probably not....icon_neutral.gif
  • danisnotstr8

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    Aug 31, 2011 10:20 AM GMT
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    Aug 31, 2011 5:22 PM GMT
    I mix this into my "morning constitutional" each morning:

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    • 1 heaping tablespoon of the above (unsweetened pure 100% cacao powder w/minimal processing as cf. with Hershey's cocoa powder)
    • 1 heaping teaspoon of Metamucil
    • 1 cup of skim milk
    • 2 range fed chicken eggs (or equivalent servings of egg whites)
    • 1 scoop (approx. 25g) whey protein isolate

    Blend for a refreshing post-workout smoothie.

    Get the cacao here.
  • MikemikeMike

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    Aug 31, 2011 8:16 PM GMT
    danisnotstr8 said1125.jpg


    He looks pretty low fat low carbicon_idea.gif