Eat some cheese, yogurt, or chocolate every day, Reduces risk of heart disease: Study Claims

Study recommends a mostly plant-based diet can improve your heart health. However, you don't need to go totally vegan, evidence advises foods like cheese, chocolate, and yogurt have benefits, too. Eating some full-fat dairy in moderation can help protect your heart, according to a study published July 6 in Cardiovascular Research.

Dairy can be good for the heart, even the full-fat varieties

The researchers found eating up to 200 grams of dairy products per day wasn't linked to an increased risk of heart disease, although there's limited data on high consumption. The cheese was also found to be beneficial in moderate amounts, up to 50 grams (about two and a half slices or a third of a cup of shredded cheese) per day.

A bit of chocolate each day could protect your heart

The research also found a small but meaningful association between regularly eating chocolate and a slightly lower risk of heart disease. Eating between 20 grams to 45 grams of chocolate a day, between one half to a whole 1.5-ounce chocolate bar was found to have the most benefits. Eating more wasn't linked to better heart health.

While the most recent study didn't differentiate between types of chocolate, previous studies suggest dark chocolate may be the best option for heart health, since it's richer in flavanols, antioxidants and other beneficial nutrients. Milk chocolate, in contrast, tends to be higher in added sugar and processed fats, too much of which can be bad for your health.

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