Many people often believe that in order to live as healthily as possible, they need to eliminate all forms of sugary snacks from their diets.
However, a recent study presented at the European Society of Cardiology conference in Munich states that moderation, not deprivation, is key in preventing heart issues later on in life.
A team of researchers assessed more than half a million adults in order to determine how consumption of chocolate impacts heart health.
They came to the conclusion that eating up to three chocolate bars a month can reduce risk of heart failure by 23 per cent in comparison to those who don’t eat any chocolate at all.
However, eating too much chocolate can lead to a 17 per cent increased risk of heart failure, which is why it’s important not to go overboard.
Dr Chayakrit Krittanawong, resident at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai in New York and lead researcher of the study, explained how the flavonoids found in chocolate can be beneficial for one’s health.
“I believe that chocolate is an important dietary source of flavonoids which are associated with reducing inflammation and increasing good cholesterol,” he said, according to The Telegraph.
He also said that consuming flavonoids can increase the levels of nitric oxide found in the body, which in turn increases blood flow and improves circulation.
“However, chocolate may have high levels of saturated fats,” he added.
“I would say moderate dark chocolate consumption is good for health.”
The team who conducted the study examined five separate studies for their research, which consisted of 575,852 individuals in total.
They stated that further research is needed to explore the connection between chocolate intake and heart health.
Earlier this year, a study carried out in California concluded that eating dark chocolate can have a positive effect on your mental health by relieving stress and boosting memory function.
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