For the purpose of research, 25,000 volunteers had a daily intake of about 15-100 grams of chocolate in the form of all types, including dark, milk and hot cocoa.
The journal Heart Monday published this research whose findings indicated that higher levels of chocolate can reduce BMI, waist:hip ratio, systolic blood pressure and inflammatory proteins. In general, people who consume a lot of chocolate had reduced risks of cardiovascular disease by 11%, a 25% lesser risk of associated death and risk of having a stroke is lowered by 23%.
Flavonoid antioxidants can be found in chocolate and they are known to improve the function of the endothelium, the inner lining of the blood vessels. If you eat a lot of chocolate, you can even reduce the level of bad cholesterol (LDL) while increase the level of good cholesterol (HDL).
If you prefer chocolate with nuts, nuts have a positive impact on your heart.
Even though dark chocolate has been considered healthier, participants in the study ate mainly milk chocolate. In line with that, it can be concluded that both dark and milk chocolate have the same health benefits.
The results of this study were still valid despite the risk factors of higher alcohol consumption, smoking, low physical activity and age.
Nonetheless, the study should be taken with some reserve. Participants were 39-70 year old and were mostly white. In addition to this, a fair amount of people ate a lot of chocolate and did not see any benefits at all.
Moreover, scientists were unable to pinpoint the exact health benefit of chocolate so the health benefits of chocolate could just be an illusion.
Since this is not the first study dealing with this subject matter, all others were concentrated on dark chocolate. One of the previously conducted studies on chocolate claimed that chocolate helps weight loss. It was revealed later that the study was fake, and it was released in order to embarrass media outlets that misreport scientific research.