There’s great news coming from the European Society of Cardiology conference in Munich that took place over the weekend. To drastically reduce the risk of heart failure, people should eat no more or no less than three chocolate bars a month.
People that try to live a healthy life and eat only the right food, with no sugary snacks should reassess their lifestyle because it must contain some chocolate too!
Not Too Much and Not Too Less Chocolate
A recent study presented at the conference shows that the key to preventing heart issues as we get older is to eat some chocolate.
After analyzing data from a half million of adults, a team of researchers concluded the impact of chocolate on their health. The results showed that eating up to three chocolate bars a month, adults reduced risk of heart failure by 23% compared to the people that don’t eat any chocolate.
Yes, you heard it right, we said three chocolate bars a month, not a week! What happens if we eat too much chocolate?
The researchers found out that eating more than three chocolate bars a month actually increase the risk of heart failure by 17%.
The lead researcher of the study and a resident at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai (New York), Dr. Chayakrit Krittanawong explains why moderate consumption of chocolate is beneficial for heart health:
“I believe that chocolate is an important dietary source of flavonoids which are associated with reducing inflammation and increasing good cholesterol. However, chocolate may have high levels of saturated fats. I would say moderate dark chocolate consumption is good for health.”
Dr. Krittanawong also explained that flavonoids increase the level of nitric oxide in the body and increase blood flow, improving circulation.
The team concluded that they would need to further research and find the connection between chocolate intake and its effects on heart health. A previous study conducted in California has found that dark chocolate relieves stress and boosts memory function.
Plus, have you seen anyone eating chocolate and crying?
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