Chocolate may reduce blood pressure and heart disease risk. Research has been done on 19,000 people. They looked at them for 10 years and found that those who reported eating an average of one small square of chocolate a day, that's a quarter of an ounce, had lower blood pressure and a 39% lower risk of having a heart attack or stroke. The researchers concluded that chocolate, particularly dark chocolate, may help prevent heart disease, but only if it replaces other snacks so that one's weight does not increase. Because this wasn't an interventional study, it's impossible to say for certain if it was chocolate and not something else that they had in common that reduced the risk. We think the big point here, though, is chocolate doesn't necessarily have to be the curse that some people make it to be. Chocolate could have protective effects, in some cases.
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