Dark chocolate reduces risk of heart failure

Eating dark chocolate can lower the risk of heart failure in older women

Perhaps the news a lot of chocolate lovers have been waiting for, it is now official that chocolate in moderation can be enjoyed without feeling guilty.

A US study found that eating chocolate once or twice a week can cut the risk of developing heart failure by a third.

The study, of 32,000 women aged between 48 and 83, found that when eating a 19 to 30 gram serving of chocolate each week the risk of heart failure was reduced by 32 per cent.

Dr Murray Mittleman, a study leader and director of the Cardiovascular Epidemiology Research Unit at the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Centre in Boston, said, ‘If you are going to have a treat, dark chocolate is probably a good choice, as long as it is in moderation.’

By Lauren King

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