If you're a hardcore chocolate lover, your eyes must have lit up at this news. Thankfully for all of you, this finding is true and we have the study to prove it. The research was conducted on over half a million adults and it was concluded that those who ate chocolate in moderation had a lower risk for heart failure than those who did not indulge in some chocolate a few times per month.\r\n\r\nTo get into the nitty-gritty details, researchers found that of those adults who had a few chocolate bars per month had a 13% lower risk of heart failure compared to those who ate none. Despite this study proving that chocolate may have heart-healthy benefits, it's important not to overdo it!\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nResearchers, in the same breath, say that indulging in too much chocolate could increase the risk of heart failure by 17%. According to statistics, heart-related conditions affect more than 1 in 3 adults and about 790,000 people in the U.S. suffer a heart attack each year.\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nDr. Chayakrit Krittanawong, from the\u00a0Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai in New York, provided some insight on the idea of chocolate becoming an ideal dietary necessity.\r\n\r\n"I believe that\u00a0chocolate\u00a0is an important dietary source of flavonoids which are associated with reducing inflammation and increasing good cholesterol,"\u00a0they said, "Most importantly, flavonoids can increase nitric oxide . However,\u00a0chocolate\u00a0may have high levels of saturated fats. I would say moderate dark\u00a0chocolate\u00a0consumption is good for health."\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nDelving more into the experiment conducted by the research to study the heart-healthy benefits of chocolate, they overlooked five different studies on more than 570,000 people. They found that\u00a0eating 2-6 30g portions each week cut the risk of atrial fibrillation by 23%, which is one of the biggest causes of strokes. Wow!\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nVictoria Taylor, senior dietitian at the British Heart Foundation, provides her thoughts on cocoa and what she knows about its dietary benefits.\r\n\r\nShe said, "This large-scale analysis suggests that enjoying a moderate amount of\u00a0chocolate\u00a0might protect you against heart failure, but too much can be detrimental.\u00a0If you have a sweet tooth, make it an occasional small treat and go for dark\u00a0chocolate\u00a0with the highest cocoa content."\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nIf you're a diehard chocolate fanatic, be sure to SHARE this article with your friends and family! With the holidays coming up in just a few months, chocolate is sure to be #1 on your shopping list.