Sweet News: Studies show chocolate may be good for your heart, brain

Local chocolate maker expands amid new healthy chocolate study (WKRC)

OVER-THE-RHINE, Ohio (WKRC) - Amid a new report in Eating Well that chocolate, in particular, dark chocolate, can reduce the risk of heart failure, a local chocolate maker is expanding.

Local 12's Liz Bonis visited Maverick Chocolate's Findlay Market location to share details of the new study, just in time for the holidays.

Maverick Chocolate opened this week at Rookwood. Marlene Picton says they originally started making a sweeter dark chocolate for those requesting what's considered the "healthier" chocolate, which was about 65 percent cacao.

And while there is certainly no wrong way to indulge in chocolate, you might want to eat the right kind. This report found there are four studies that show that eating the right kind of chocolate might have serious health benefits.

This report shares that the Journal of the American Heart Association found that chocolate can reduce the risk of heart failure. The British Medical Journal shows it may help prevent some heart rhythm and blood pressure problems.

The European Journal of Clinical Nutrition found it may reduce diabetes risk, and the journal Appetite shows it may help boost your brainpower.

As for amounts, that's the real secret to good health. Most studies show you only need a little more than the size of a truffle a few days a week for the best body benefits.

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