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Chocolate consumption and cardiometabolic disorders: systematic review and meta-analysis

BMJ 2011; 343 doi: (Published 29 August 2011) Cite this as: BMJ 2011;343:d4488

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Greater detail please.

Could you please clarify more in more detail the following:

1. The properties of the chocolate consumed (cocoa content, sugar content,

2. The amounts consumed by the participants in relation to the local
population, as from my understanding there is a wide global variation in
national chocolate consumption.

3. The length of time required to gain the benefits of increased chocolate

4. You mention that the participants where aged 18 and above. Which age
group benefited the most?

As you must know, such publications as this make for sensational lay
news. This leads to friends asking for more information and puts an onus
on the medical profession to have adequate advice.

Thank you.

Competing interests: No competing interests

31 August 2011
Chayim Freed
Medical Student
King's College London