Eat Your Heart Healthy this Holiday

News flash: Just in time for the Holidays, older women who eat more chocolate are more likely to remain heart healthy. A study looked at women over  age 70 for almost 10 years, and found that those that ate more chocolate were 35 percent less likely to be hospitalized or die from heart disease over the course of the study, and nearly 60 percent less likely to be hospitalized or die from heart failure. The amount of chocolate consumption was at least once per week. However, the catch is that to avoid health problems associated with obesity if consuming chocolate is on your agenda, you need to reduce or eliminate snacks and calories somewhere else. “The danger is that many people will start eating more of it than is necessary, without cutting back in calories from other snacks, which will result in weight gain and will counteract any beneficial effects of chocolate,” said Dr. Brian Buijsse at the German Institute of Human Nutrition. Not a cause and effect study, but another study in a growing body of literature  suggesting Theobroma cacao truly is a food of the Gods.

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