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Chocolate is good for your heart, a study suggests.

People who regularly enjoy a sweet treat cut their risk of atrial fibrillation, one of the biggest causes of strokes, by up to 23 per cent, reports THE SUN.

Consuming two to six 30g portions, about the size of a Cadbury’s Flake, every week gives the greatest protection.

The benefit is less marked for those who indulge every day and goes down to ten per cent for those who have just a couple of bars a months.

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The findings come from a study of 55,000 Danish people over more than 13 years.

Flavonoids, natural compounds found in cocoa, were found to boost blood vessel health.

Dark chocolate was likely to be better for our tickers than milk varieties, experts added.

US researcher Elizabeth Mostofsky said: “Even small amounts of cocoa consumption can have a positive health impact.”

Atrial fibrillation — faulty electrical activity in the heart — affects nearly two million Brits and raises the chances of stroke and heart failure.

Victoria Taylor, senior dietitian at the British Heart Foundation, said cocoa had been linked to a variety of health benefits.

But she added: “However, although this is a large study, it is only observational and so other factors could also be responsible for the effects seen. We need additional research.

“If you eat chocolate, keep your portions small and go for dark chocolate with the highest cocoa content.”

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  • lol you don’t need to tell me twice! i think that this is the best article that i have ever read. lol :)

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  • Exactly the kind of chocolate news I like to hear!

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  • Good quality chocolate has a very high natural cacao level.
    The next part of this will shock you. It is factual. If a person has an Autoimmune Disease such as Coelic Disease they must carefully check the ingredients. Some actually have wheat in them. In the form of glucose syrup it is processed so much that the protein in it is killed and is classed as Gluten Free. For people who have wheat allergy – not just the protein it is not safe for them to eat. Some chocolate and other confectionery is not gluten free. Some chocolate has a horrendous amount of sugar added to it. Some forms of chocolate powder that are made into drinks contain malt made from Barley which has gluten in it.

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  • That eating chocolate can be very healthy is not such a new news really. Personally I would add make it a healthy pure organic piece of chocolate without (refined) sugar as the sugar can make this beautiful healthy piece of super food totally unhealthy.

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  • Good to hear,l do like my chocolate!

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