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Eating chocolate twice a week could reduce risk of heart failure
Published on 19/08/2010

Eating moderate amounts of chocolate could reduce the risks of heart failure among middle-aged women, a study has indicated.

The report entitled Circulation: Heart Failure revealed ladies who consume one to two servings of high-quality chocolate - which is often featured in luxury gift hampers - per week can cut the chances of heart failure by 32 per cent.

Those who eat one to three portions had a 26 per cent lower risk, but females who ate the sweet stuff on a daily basis did not appear to be protected from heart disease.

However, lead investigator Dr Murray Mittleman said the provision is a high-calorie snack and those who eat large amounts will gain weight.

"But if you are going to have a treat, dark chocolate is probably a good choice, as long as it's in moderation," he added.

A recent article in the Osceola Sentinel-Tribune suggested those who enjoy a glass of wine with a cocoa-based dessert should opt for a red.
 


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