Due to the site upgrade, your MY ACCOUNT logins will need to be updated. Please access Forgot Your Password to make this change. If you do not have an account, click here.

Chocolate cuts the risk of dying in people who are heart attack survivors

Aug 19, 2009

Researchers from the Karolinska Institute in Sweden followed 1,169 non-diabetic but hospitalized patients who had survived a heart attack. There chocolate consumption was noted and the participants were followed for the next eight-years. Consuming chocolate twice or more per week decreased their risk of dying by 66%, consuming it once a week decreased the risk of dying by 44% and once a month consumption decreased heart related death by 27%.

Dr Kenneth Mukamal, from the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Centre in Boston, who co-authored the study, said that the study was not a license to indulge a sweet tooth. “[The findings were] specific to chocolate - we found no benefit to sweets in general,” he said. The Antioxidants in cocoa were “a likely candidate” to explain the potentially live-saving properties, he added. The findings of the study are published in the Journal of Internal Medicine.