There’s the old saw that women, and only women, love chocolate. I’m here to tell you that the old saw just won’t cut wood. Now, I wouldn’t say I’m consumed by the thought of consuming chocolate, nor are many other men and women I know — and, hey, if I don’t know anyone like that then it just must be true because I am the center of the universe — but I do know that I will be eating more chocolate in the future. Why?, I hear you asking. The reason is simple: Chocolate will help me stay alive.
According to a recent study, eating chocolate helps to cute the death rate in heart attack survivors. Hhn. If only I knew a heart attack survivor I could ask about this. Oh, wait. That’s right. I am one. I’ll ask myself. Heh, heh. This makes me feel right funny. In a good way.
who eat chocolate two or more times per week cut their risk of dying from about threefold compared to those who never touch the stuff, scientists have reported.
Smaller quantities confer less protection, but are still better than none, according to the study, which appears in the September issue of the.
Apparently, the study found, the benefits to heart attack survivors are only specific to chocolate. Unfortunately. Which means I won’t be eating more of that vanilla ice cream of which I’m so fond. Oh, well.
In the study, (scientists) tracked 1,169 non-diabetic men and women, 45-to-70 years old, in Stockholm County during the early 1990s from the time they were hospitalised with their first-ever heart attack.
The participants were queried before leaving hospital on their food consumption habits over the previous year, including how much chocolate they ate on a regular basis.
They underwent a health examination three months after discharge, and were monitored for eight years after that. The incidence of fatal heart attacks correlated inversely with the amount of chocolate consumed.
“Our findings support increasing evidence that chocolate is a rich source of beneficial,” the researchers concluded.
The results held true for men and women, and across all the age groups included in the study.
Of course, there is that one slight drawback. Unhindered consumption of chocolate might be contributing to that growing spare tire that’s sitting above my belt. And we all know that fat bodies don’t go well with stricken hearts. There’s a fine line to be walked here, but I do love to live life on the edge. Maybe this is my latest edge walk. Care to join me?