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Research

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

BMJ 2011; 343 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.d4488 (Published 29 August 2011) Cite this as: BMJ 2011;343:d4488

Rapid Response:

Some questions

Though the data is not new, the huge number of participants included,
gives it a powerful quality. But, if one wants to adopt the findings,
taking the authors reservations regarding high calories intake and
possible influence on weight seriously,it brings us to the core question
the authors tried to circumvent:

What is high and what is low chocolate consumption to reduce
cardiometabolic risks?

Should we recommend chocolate eating once daily? weekly? or else? what is
the ammount of cocolate eating balance to maximize beneficial effect to
the detrimenal one?

Last but not least - how long should we consume chocolate?
i.e - is a given period of chcolate consumption can last and for how long?

Competing interests: No competing interests

30 August 2011
Reuben Steinherz
Pediatrician
Israel 71799