Eating chocolate as part of a healthy lifestyle 'is beneficial'

1 September 2011

Consuming chocolate as part of a healthy lifestyle poses no risk to heart health, an expert has said.

Linda Main, dietetic advisor for Heart UK - the Cholesterol Charity, advised that it was preferable to eat dark chocolate that does not contain dairy or milk fats.

She was responding to recent research from the University of Cambridge - published in the British Medical Journal (BMJ) - which suggested that heart problems could actually be reduced through eating chocolate.

However, Ms Main added that people should "try to limit their saturated fat intake" from other food sources if they wish to consume chocolate.

"Small amounts of ordinary chocolate can still be eaten as long as they are part of a healthy balanced diet," she explained.

Presented to the European Society of Cardiology congress in Paris, the BMJ paper suggested that eating controlled quantities of chocolate could lie behind a one-third reduction in the risk of developing heart disease, confirming existing studies which generally agree on the beneficial link between the food and heart health.

Posted by Edward Bartel

1 Buitrago-Lopez, Adriana, et. al., "Chocolate consumption and cardiometabolic disorders: systematic review and meta-analysis". The British Medical Journal. Monday August 29th 2011.

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