In Moderation – Chocolate Is Heart Healthy
Well now, some good medical news at last, just don't tell my exercise & weight loss trainer.
If Heart Health is your concern, chocolate may be the answer...or at least a portion of it!
Researchers from Mount Sinai analyzed five existing studies, covering over 575,000 people and what they found will leave some folks drooling. They found eating up to three bars of chocolate each month cut a person's risk of heart failure by 13 percent.
Open season on Hershey's, right? Not so fast! Remember that "in all things moderation" advice? That's in play too because those who ate chocolate each day saw their risk of heart failure increase by 17 percent.
Researchers say on the one hand chocolate is an important dietary source of flavonoids which are associated with reducing inflammation and increasing good cholesterol.
On the other rubber gloved hand, chocolate may have high levels of saturated fats so you have to monitor your consumption. One more thing - when you do make chocolate an occasional treat, go for dark chocolate with the highest cocoa content.