A Square a Day Keeps the Doctor Away

Have you heard the one about dark chocolate having health benefits? It’s not a joke, it’s actually true. But that doesn’t mean you should eat a chocolate bar everyday, and here’s why.

A study published in the Journal of Nutrition found that dark chocolate can significantly reduce the inflammation that leads to cardiovascular disease.

According to the research, patients with low amount of C-reactive protein in their blood have lower levels of inflammation. And people who eat dark chocolate regularly, in small servings, have significantly lower levels of C reactive protein.

How small is small? Very small! The ideal amount, according to the study, is 6.7 grams (0.23 ounces) per day.

Since a typical Hershey dark chocolate bar weighs about 43 grams, you would benefit from eating a single bar over the course of 6 1/2 days.

Milk chocolate, meanwhile, did not appear to have the same benefits.

Why does this matter to you? Because you want to reap the health benefits of dark chocolate, not the detriments of its calories. Don’t eat a chocolate bar under the guise that it’s good for your heart! A small square a day is best.