#15- Dark Chocolate May Lower the Risk of Cardiovascular Disease
The compounds in dark chocolate appear to be highly protective against the oxidation of LDL. In the long term, this should cause much less cholesterol to lodge in the arteries and we should see a lower risk of heart disease over long term.
It turns out that we have several long-term observational studies that show a fairly improvement. Another study revealed that eating chocolate 2 or more times per week lowered the risk of heart attacks. Eating chocolate less frequently had no effect. Another study showed that chocolate five+ times per week lowered the risk of cardiovascular disease by 57%. Of course, these 3 studies are so-called observational studies that cannot prove that it was the chocolate that caused the reduction in risk.