Study: Chocolate is good for the heart

Dec 08, 2010

Chocolate can be good for the heart

Heart failure is a major health concern that could result in higher life insurance costs. Most advice urges people to engage in exercise and eat a healthy diet full of fruits and vegetables to help make and keep their heart healthy.

New research shows that the heart-healthy food label doesn't belong solely to leafy greens. A nine-year study of Swedish women found that those who ate up to two servings of high-quality chocolate a week had a 32 percent lower risk of heart failure.

Health professionals warn that the findings don't mean it's healthy to consume excessive amounts of chocolate as that could lead cause one to develop some unhealthy conditions, such as weight gain.

"You can't ignore that chocolate is a relatively calorie-dense food and large amounts of habitual consumption is going to raise your risks for weight gain," said cardiovascular epidemiology research unit director at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center Dr. Murray Mittleman. "But if you're going to have a treat, dark chocolate is probably a good choice, as long as it's in moderation."

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