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Frequent Chocolate Consumption Cuts Women's Risk For Heart Diseases

November 8, 2010: 03:44 AM EST

A study by researchers from the University of Western Australia showed that consuming chocolate daily or once a week can lower women’s risk for heart diseases and cardiovascular problems later in life. The study, which sought to determine the links between chocolate consumption and atherosclerotic vascular disease (ASVD), used data from a “randomized controlled trial of calcium supplements,” which covered 1,216 older women. As part of the study, the researchers tested the subjects, who were subdivided into three groups based on self-reported chocolate consumption, for artery plaque buildup using B-mode carotid ultrasonography.  The researchers found that people that consumed chocolate weekly or daily both obtained a similar level of risk reduction of around 24%.

John M. Grohol, Psy.D., "Chocolate Associated with Fewer Heart Problems in Women", Psych Central, November 08, 2010, © Psych Central
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