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Posted: Wednesday, 12 May 2010 17:12

Wine and Chocolates may not have Health Benefits

According to the Heart Foundation in Australia, chocolate consumption or wine drinking may not offer any real cardiovascular health benefits. The national director of healthy weight for the Heart Foundation, Susan Anderson said, the analytical study of more than 100 scientific studies has revealed that no such benefits existed.

She said for many chocolate and wine enthusiasts, the presumed health benefit often was more of a wishful thinking. Ms Anderson reportedly says, “these findings confirm that if you're consuming them thinking you're reducing your risk of heart disease then think again," adding, ‘chocolate, coffee and red wine are okay as part of balanced diet."

However, the review of the many scientific studies strongly highlights that they do not actually reduce any cardiovascular risks. The most effective way to get all the antioxidants the body needs, is through the consumption of vegetables, wholegrain breads and cereals, nuts, legumes, fruits daily, says Susan. She advised people to have a daily food of at least two servings of fruits and five servings of vegetables.

Unlike coffee, tea is confirmed to have positive health benefit on reducing heart attack risks and it is better served with reduced amount of low or no-fat milk, says Ms Anderson. The evidence was inconclusive about recommending milk, chocolate or taking antioxidant supplements like vitamins C and E.

The review findings will be sent to health experts and doctors, said Ms Anderson. 


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