Maximum Wellness, Episode 61: Research Shows Chocolate Reduces Coronary Artery Disease Risk


The European Journal of Preventive Cardiology reported in August of 2020 on Journals.sagepub.com that, “the consumption of chocolate at least once a week is associated with a reduction in the risk of CAD (coronary artery disease).”

According to CDC.gov, CAD, a blockage of the arteries that supply blood to the heart, is the most common type of heart disease – killing 365,914 people in 2017. It’s estimated that 18.2 million adults age 20 and older have CAD – with roughly 2 in 10 deaths from CAD occurring in adults less than 65 years old.

Using a systematic review and meta-analysis (many similar studies), researchers from the VA Medical Center, Icahn School of Medicine, the Mayo and Cleveland Clinics, and the Baylor College of Medicine, extracted information from a database – 1966 to January 2020 – of prospective or cross-sectional studies – with chocolate consumption relative to CAD, acute myocardial infarct, and acute coronary syndrome.

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