HEALTH BENEFITS OF CHOCOLATE SEEM CONFIRMED, ELIZABETH TRACEY REPORTS
Chocolate is good for your heart, a meta-analysis, where the results of many studies are considered together, and published in the British Medical Journal, confirms. Diane Becker, a chocolate and heart health expert at Johns Hopkins, says she is a bit skeptical of the study's findings but agrees with the underlying hypothesis.
BECKER: The magnitude of the effect seen in this study is as large or larger than that seen with statins, which are extremely potent cardiac medications, so I do question the study to some extent from its methodological perspective. However, at Johns Hopkins we've done studies of mechanisms of chocolate's effect on coronary disease that shows that chocolate is a potent antiplatelet agent. Not as strong as aspirin but similar in its effects in terms of decreasing blood clotting. :31
Becker notes that dark chocolate is the heart healthy choice. At Johns Hopkins, I'm Elizabeth Tracey.