18/10/2010 12:39 BST | Updated 22/05/2015 10:12 BST

A Little Chocolate Can Do You A Lot Of Good


Good news girls! Chocolate can be good for the heart.

A recent study has revealed that nibbling on one or two portions of posh chocolate every week can reduce the risk of heart failure by nearly a third.

Lucky volunteers were asked to eat quality dark chocolate to measure the effects on their risk of heart failure. Dark chocolate contains more flavonoids, antioxidant plant compounds, which may help protect against heart disease and high blood pressure.

American researchers discovered that eating dark chocolate once or twice a week reduced the risk of heart failure by 32 or above is better. Milk chocolate can contain as little as 20% and will be high in fatty ingredients such as dairy.

"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 study leader Dr Murray Mittleman, of the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Centre in Boston.

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