Semi-sweet news for chocolate lovers
August 29th, 2011
04:10 AM ET

Semi-sweet news for chocolate lovers

Editor's note: Watch Dr. Sanjay Gupta Reports: The Last Heart Attack at 8p and 11p ET on Saturday, September 3rd.

If only everything that looked good, felt good, or tasted good was good for us too. It comes as more welcome news for chocolate lovers, then, that yet another study has linked chocolate consumption with improved heart health. Maybe.

Researchers at the University of Cambridge analyzed the results of seven existing studies and concluded that high levels of chocolate consumption might be associated with a notable reduction in the risk of developing heart disease. Five of the seven studies reported a beneficial link between higher levels of chocolate consumptions and the risk of cardiovascular events. They found that “the highest levels of chocolate consumption were associated with a 37% reduction in cardiovascular disease and a 29% reduction in stroke, compared with the lowest levels [of consumption].”

The studies, notably, did not differentiate between dark or milk chocolate and included consumption of different types of chocolate (bars, shakes, etc.)

"The observations represent associations, not cause and effect," says Alice Lichtenstein, director and senior scientist at Tufts University's Cardiovascular Nutrition Laboratory. "The results of the evidence review provide support for conducting controlled intervention trials using well-defined preparations of chocolate before we can determine the actual effect of chocolate on heart disease risk."

By the year 2030, the World Health Organization estimates that nearly 23.6 million people will die from heart disease. In CNN Chief Medical Correspondent Dr. Sanjay Gupta’s documentary “The Last Heart Attack,” Dr. Caldwell B. Esselstyn, Jr. asserts that simply modifying one’s diet can make a person heart attack-proof in just one month. Should chocolate then be prescribed as part of this diet, which advocates the consumption of a plant-based food plan?

A number of recent studies have shown that eating chocolate has a positive impact on human health, thanks to its antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties, namely reducing blood pressure and improving insulin sensitivity.

But here’s the caveat. Chocolate, as we all know, is full of calories, and eating too much of it could lead to weight gain, diabetes, or even heart disease – the very ailment some believe chocolate is working to prevent in the first place.

The authors of the study stress that further testing is needed to determine whether chocolate actually causes this reduction in heart problems, or if the health benefits are instead better explained by some other unmeasured factor.

"Were there compounds in cocoa that decrease heart risk," says Lichtenstein, "it will be important to identify them, isolate them, and determine the optimal dose and best route to administer them."

One thing is clear. Chocolate does far more for our bodies than activate our taste buds. Given its apparent health benefits, some resources might now be shifted to exploring the fat and sugar contents of chocolate, and how we might go about lowering them. This new “superfood” would be quite sweet indeed.

soundoff (340 Responses)
  1. NmilZisse

    viagra vor sale uk viagra from canada paypal how much does a prescription of viagra cost http://xz-pharmacyonline.com/en/career-opportunities.html – who has the best deal on viagra generic ’

    January 25, 2021 at 05:15 | Report abuse | Reply
  2. KbbtMile

    cialisonline aarp recommended canadian pharmacies cialis for women dosage https://xz-pharmacyonline.com – Nemasole ’

    January 25, 2021 at 17:02 | Report abuse | Reply
  3. FmfvEncox

    how can i get cheaper cialis cialis las vegas viagra cheap generic cialis http://sjcialis.com/ – domestic cialis online cheap ’

    January 26, 2021 at 02:58 | Report abuse | Reply
  4. AhmdEncox

    dapoxetine and cialis online ver to bay cialis 20mg lowest price cialis 20mg http://cialmenshoprx.com/ – cialis black ’

    January 27, 2021 at 21:48 | Report abuse | Reply
  5. Mathew Colpa


    January 28, 2021 at 22:00 | Report abuse | Reply
  6. FhnhZisse

    no prior prescription required pharmacy Kamagra canadian pharmacy online https://canadianpharmacy-yy.com/ – Fluoxetine ’

    January 29, 2021 at 22:13 | Report abuse | Reply
  7. Waylon Faz

    The most Potent Fat-cell Destroying Elixir on the planet. There’s a new powerful fat loss solution that’s helping men and women effortlessly drop 1lb of belly fat every 24 hours. That’s not an exaggeration. 45 yr old Mom of 3 Susan Atlee used this solution to drop 33lbs in 28 days without doing any additional exercise or dieting. Read more here https://bit.ly/39p2J0R


    January 30, 2021 at 07:28 | Report abuse | Reply
  8. NgscZisse

    cheap over the counter viagra how to get viagra uk buy viagra over the counter australia http://canadianpharmacy-yy.com/Fitness/how-to-get-a-six-pack.html – best viagra over the counter ’

    January 30, 2021 at 11:37 | Report abuse | Reply
  9. JnscCrulk

    viagra 20 mg canada viagra free offer drug categories viagra viagra http://erectilejyzd.com/index.php?called=terms – viagra 20 mg from canada ’

    January 30, 2021 at 11:55 | Report abuse | Reply
  10. KbbgMile

    discount viagra canadian pharmacies online viagra with dapoxetine http://erectilejyzd.com/ – Lozol ’

    January 30, 2021 at 23:25 | Report abuse | Reply
  11. FmnfEncox

    walmart cialis price sell cialis long term effects of cialis https://impotencecdny.com/info/history.php – buy cialis online australia ’

    January 31, 2021 at 10:01 | Report abuse | Reply
  12. Alesha Slaughterbeck

    This is a very interesting article. Please, share more like this!


    February 1, 2021 at 08:26 | Report abuse | Reply
  13. Charley Galla

    This is a very interesting article. Please, share more like this!


    February 1, 2021 at 12:16 | Report abuse | Reply
  14. AhmdEncox

    genaric cialis Nitroglycerin best seller cialis https://impotencecdny.com/ – Zanaflex ’

    February 2, 2021 at 05:04 | Report abuse | Reply
  15. JbbvEncox

    pharmacy uk buy viagra pharmacy 100mg pharmacy uk

    February 3, 2021 at 11:38 | Report abuse | Reply
  16. FvfcZisse

    viagra doctor samples viagra australia free brand viagra

    February 4, 2021 at 00:15 | Report abuse | Reply
  17. malatya escort

    esenyurt escort bayanar bu sitede üstelik hepsi ücretsiz...


    February 4, 2021 at 11:14 | Report abuse | Reply
  18. KbcxMile

    best price prescription drugs us pharmacy no prior prescription anti-depressants

    February 5, 2021 at 06:27 | Report abuse | Reply
  19. NncsZisse

    viagra online singapore dapoxetine viagra purchase femaleviagra

    February 5, 2021 at 09:13 | Report abuse | Reply
  20. LbsxEncox

    most reliable canadian pharmacies viagra. for sale prescription drugs online without

    February 5, 2021 at 18:30 | Report abuse | Reply
  21. Kuikseelt

    viagra without a perscription buy generic viagra on line cheap viagra australia online

    February 6, 2021 at 16:49 | Report abuse | Reply
  22. www.gu8.pw

    iskenderun escort bayanlarla tanışmak için bu siteyi ziyaret edebilirsiniz.


    February 6, 2021 at 22:04 | Report abuse | Reply
  23. www.iskenderunescort.xyz

    iskenderun escort bayanlarla tanışmak için bu siteyi ziyaret edebilirsiniz.


    February 6, 2021 at 23:52 | Report abuse | Reply
  24. JbnbCrulk

    discount canadian drugs erectile dysfunction canadadrugsonline

    February 7, 2021 at 15:06 | Report abuse | Reply
  25. iskenderun escort

    iskenderun escort bayanlarla tanışmak için bu siteyi ziyaret edebilirsiniz.


    February 7, 2021 at 19:07 | Report abuse | Reply
  26. zortilonrel

    Very nice style and design and wonderful content, nothing at all else we require : D.


    February 7, 2021 at 21:56 | Report abuse | Reply
  27. adana escort

    iskenderun escort bayanlarla tanışmak için bu siteyi ziyaret edebilirsiniz.


    February 7, 2021 at 22:50 | Report abuse | Reply
  28. FqhhEncox

    canadian pharmacy reviews pharmacy in canada drugs from canada with prescription

    February 8, 2021 at 12:59 | Report abuse | Reply
  29. Ingrid Huitron

    Pulling in commissions from the internet isn't all that hard. The trouble is that... Most people tend to complicate things. They make things more difficult than necessary. But the good news is that... In this free video, I'm going to show you how you can... Pocket DAILY commissions starting as quickly as THIS WEEK http://divineurl.com/28di0


    February 8, 2021 at 21:41 | Report abuse | Reply
  30. AhkdEncox

    the canadian pharmacy canada pharmacies online drug stores near me

    February 9, 2021 at 00:21 | Report abuse | Reply
  31. Dr. Gőz Péter

    Enjoyed reading this, very good stuff, thanks. "Whenever you want to marry someone, go have lunch with his ex-wife." by Francis William Bourdillon.


    February 9, 2021 at 04:11 | Report abuse | Reply
  32. AqcfTeneseelt

    dapoxetine cialis buy generic cialis generic cialis cipla

    February 10, 2021 at 01:14 | Report abuse | Reply
  33. JbbnEncox

    farmacologia de cialis cialis prescription assistance program canadian pharmacy cialis no prescription

    February 10, 2021 at 09:25 | Report abuse | Reply
  34. zortilo nrel

    Outstanding post, you have pointed out some wonderful points, I as well think this s a very great website.


    February 10, 2021 at 11:43 | Report abuse | Reply
  35. chat de brujos en linea gratis

    I like the efforts you have put in this, regards for all the great blog posts.


    February 11, 2021 at 04:46 | Report abuse | Reply
  36. FbsgZisse

    cialis dominican resort ver to bay cialis 20mg i want to buy cialis in the uk

    February 12, 2021 at 00:40 | Report abuse | Reply
  37. KvaxMile

    cash loans in cambridge dollar flash #2 payday loan can i get a payday loan with my account now card

    February 12, 2021 at 04:39 | Report abuse | Reply
  38. LabxEncox

    cialis 20mg hinta low blood pressure and cialis posso comprar cialis em qualquer farmacia

    February 12, 2021 at 17:08 | Report abuse | Reply
  39. NbnhZisse

    buy generic viagra 50mg http://vigedon.com/ best price viagra 50 mg

    February 13, 2021 at 06:04 | Report abuse | Reply
  40. Kbbfseelt

    viagra free sample viagra with dapoxetine 160mg can you get viagra without prescription

    February 13, 2021 at 13:46 | Report abuse | Reply
  41. JbnvCrulk

    installment loans vs payday loans cash advance on canadian tire mastercard payday loans no credit check no brokers no fees

    February 14, 2021 at 07:20 | Report abuse | Reply
  42. hidroxicloroquina

    choloquine hydroxychloroquine coronavirus chloroquine phosphate side effects

    February 15, 2021 at 01:28 | Report abuse | Reply
  43. FqbbEncox

    cash loans kapiti red cash loans payday loans for bad credit no fees no brokers

    February 16, 2021 at 18:35 | Report abuse | Reply
  44. AhbzEncox

    salary advance loans cape town cash advance helena mt check into cash online cash advance

    February 17, 2021 at 06:49 | Report abuse | Reply
  45. buying zithromax online

    zithromax instructions azithromycin zithromax is zithromax an antibiotic

    February 19, 2021 at 21:53 | Report abuse | Reply
  46. ElbertPHowes

    Hey There. I stumbled upon your blog using msn. This
    is a really well written article. I will be certain to bookmark it and return to read even more of
    your useful info. Thanks for the post. I'll certainly

    Also visit my site :: ElbertPHowes

    February 20, 2021 at 23:52 | Report abuse | Reply
  47. tadalafil 40 mg from india

    snafi tadalafil 40 tadalafil 10 mg

    February 21, 2021 at 03:05 | Report abuse | Reply
  48. brujos en linea

    I like this web site so much, saved to bookmarks.


    February 21, 2021 at 13:57 | Report abuse | Reply
  49. Columbus

    This site was... how do I say it? Relevant!! Finally I have
    found something that helped me. Thanks!

    February 26, 2021 at 05:40 | Report abuse | Reply
  50. KndnMile

    generic name for viagra indian viagra natural viagra for men

    February 27, 2021 at 18:32 | Report abuse | Reply
1 2 3 4 5 6 7

Leave a Reply to IxNay


CNN welcomes a lively and courteous discussion as long as you follow the Rules of Conduct set forth in our Terms of Service. Comments are not pre-screened before they post. You agree that anything you post may be used, along with your name and profile picture, in accordance with our Privacy Policy and the license you have granted pursuant to our Terms of Service.

About this blog

Get a behind-the-scenes look at the latest stories from CNN Chief Medical Correspondent, Dr. Sanjay Gupta, Senior Medical Correspondent Elizabeth Cohen and the CNN Medical Unit producers. They'll share news and views on health and medical trends - info that will help you take better care of yourself and the people you love.