Heavy chocolate consumption may be linked to heart health, study suggests.
Summary: High levels of chocolate consumption might be associated with a one third reduction in the risk of developing heart disease, a new study suggests.
Can eating too much chocolate give you a heart attack?
Chocolate is high in calories, fat and sugar, and can lead to weight gain, which is a known risk factor for heart disease and diabetes.
How does chocolate affect your heart?
Theobromine. Theobromine, an ingredient commonly found in chocolate, can also increase your heart rate and cause palpitations. In a 2013 study , researchers found that theobromine could have a positive effect on mood. But at high doses, its effects are no longer beneficial.
Can heart patients eat chocolate?
Chocolate, Chocolate, It’s Good For Your Heart, Study Finds. There’s a growing body of evidence suggesting that compounds found in cocoa beans, called polyphenols, may help protect against heart disease. Here’s a sweet notion: Eat a little chocolate each day and you could be doing your heart a favor.
What does too much chocolate do to your body?
And, yes, at high enough levels theobromine can actually be toxic to humans (and at much lower levels in dogs). And because of the effects on the cardiovascular system, which include a drop in blood pressure and increased heart rate, too much theobromine can be fatal.