It’s hard to use the words “chocolate” and “moderation” in the same sentence, but that tends to be a good combination when it comes to your heart health.
KYW medical editor Dr. Brian McDonough reports a new study in the journal Circulation Heart Failure has found moderate chocolate consumption is linked to a lower risk of heart failure.
It was a nine-year study that looked at over 31,000 middle-aged and elderly Swedish women.
It found that women who ate an average of one to two servings of chocolate per week had a 32 percent lower risk of developing heart failure. But more was not better.
Those who consumed at least one serving daily or more, didn’t appear to benefit, but the belief is the lack of protective effect among women eating chocolate every day is probably due to the initial calories gained from eating chocolate instead of more nutritious foods.
Remember, chocolate is a good choice in moderation, that’s do to a high concentration of compounds called flavonoids in chocolate, which may lower blood pressure among other benefits.