Eating Chocolate Associated with 57% Lower Risk of Heart Attack

Published: September 29, 2012

In a cross-sectional study involving 4,970 participants aged 25-93 years who participated in the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI) Family Heart Study, results indicate an inverse association between chocolate consumption and risk of coronary heart disease (CHD). After adjusting for potential confounders, chocolate intake 5+ times/week was associated with a 57% reduced risk of CHD, compared with no chocolate intake. Thus, the authors of this study conclude, "These data suggest that consumption of chocolate is inversely related with prevalent CHD in a general United States population."


"Chocolate consumption is inversely associated with prevalent coronary heart disease: The National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute Family Heart Study," Djoussé L, Ellison RC, et al, Clin Nutr, 2010 Sep 19; [Epub ahead of print].

Jacob Teitelbaum, MD

is one of the world's leading integrative medical authorities on fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue. He is the lead author of eight research studies on their effective treatments, and has published numerous health & wellness books, including the bestseller on fibromyalgia From Fatigued to Fantastic! and The Fatigue and Fibromyalgia Solution. His newest book (June 10, 2024) is You Can Heal From Long COVID. Dr. Teitelbaum is one of the most frequently quoted fibromyalgia experts in the world and appears often as a guest on news and talk shows nationwide including Good Morning America, The Dr. Oz Show, Oprah & Friends, CNN, and Fox News Health.

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