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It is not uncommon to have new research to put across the case that Chocolate is a healthy choice and of course: good for you. Last year (2016) a survey was published that professed that Chocolate makes you smarter! so perhaps one that can save your life isn’t that unbelievable?!
Research by Harvard University on more than 50,000 people concluded that up to six bars of chocolate a week could reduce the risk of a potentially heart condition by almost one quarter
The research identified strong links between regularly eating chocolate and a reduced risk of suffering a heart flutter. The strongest link was found amongst men eating between two and six portions of chocolate a week – with a portion classified as 30 grams, which is approximately a small bar, due to the flavonoids in Chocolate (which have an anti-inflammatory effect). This had led to a 23 per cent lower risk of developing atrial fibrillation, compared with those avoiding Chocolate. Among women, the effect was linked to eating just one portion a week, which was linked to a 21 per cent lower risk. This significant as over 1.5 million people in the UK suffer from atrial fibrillation or a heart flutter condition and it is reported that one in four people are likely to develop it over a lifetime. This condition happens when electrical impulses in the heart become jumbled and the blood is pumped around less effectively, increasing the chance of strokes, heart attacks and heart failure.
Unfortunately, the research also suggested that eating chocolate was also unhealthier in other ways – meaning it might not be the daily treats that explained the better health of those who liked to indulge. Therefore, it is the case again that research can be used to sell a message that suits the marketeer!
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This information was correct as of June 2017.
But as I am learning, ingredients do change and therefore you should always read the label and check for yourself whether it is GLUTEN FREE or not!