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Study Claims Eating 3 Chocolate Bars A Month Reduces Risk Of Heart Failure

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Let's be frank, if it was healthy to eat chocolate for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, most of us would.

Sadly, no physician recommends we gorge ourselves in ice cream, cakes, or pastries, but there's nothing wrong with treating ourselves in moderation.  

In fact, the occasional goodie may be even beneficial to your health.

A recent study presented at European Society of Cardiology in Munich earlier this week claims having three chocolate bars a month can reduce the risk of heart failure by 13% compared to those who don't snack on them at all.

Researchers at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai in New York looked into five studies that had a combined total of 575,000 participants.

They found that munching on three chocolate bars a month helps improve blood vessel health and reduce inflammation, decreasing the risk of cardiovascular diseases.

But, scientists also noted that if an individual eats a chocolate bar for every day of the month, the chance of experiencing heart failure will increase by 17%, due to the high fat and sugar content in the dessert.

The lead author of the study, Dr. Chayakrit Krittanawong, said further research needs to be done to decode the complication relationship between molecules in chocolate and heart health.

"I believe that chocolate is an important dietary source of flavonoids which are associated with reducing inflammation and increasing good cholesterol," Krittanawong said according to Insider.

"However, chocolate may have high levels of saturated fats. I would say moderate dark chocolate consumption is good for health."

But, this isn't the first time eating chocolate in moderation has been linked to your heart health.

In 2017, scientists from Harvard and in Denmark conducted a study with 55,000 participants, which brought in favorable results for the tasty treat.

They discovered that by eating two to six 30g portions each week can reduce the risk of having a heart condition called atrial fibrillation (AF) - one of the biggest causes of strokes by 23% compared to those who don't eat any.

However, Victoria Taylor, a senior dietitian with The British Heart Foundation warns consuming too much chocolate could worsen your health.

“This large-scale analysis suggests that enjoying a moderate amount of chocolate might protect you against heart failure, but too much can be detrimental," she explained

"If you have a sweet tooth, make it an occasional small treat and go for dark chocolate with the highest cocoa content."

[H/T: Telegraph, Insider]

What's the average number of chocolate bars you have per month? Let us know in the comments!

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