Good news, chocolate addicts: you have yet another good reason to consume more of your favorite candy. New research from the American Heart Association has recently discovered that daily chocolate intake is connected to increased heart health. That's right — eating chocolate every day can make you healthier.
Researchers at the AHA examined the eating habits of more than 1,100 adults from the ages of 18 to 69 for two full years. According to Cosmo, they found a correlation between those who consumed about 100 mg of chocolate on a daily basis and lower insulin resistance and liver enzymes — both of which are used as indicators in determining the risk of heart disease.
And that's not all. According to the study, choco-lovers are more likely to be younger, educated, and more physically active. They also have a generally lower chance of suffering from chronic health issues than those who don't snack on a piece of Godiva every now and then.
This isn't the first time that scientists have found evidence indicating the health benefits of chocolate. Earlier this year, a study published in the journal Appetite concluded that regularly eating dark chocolate leads to enhanced cognitive brain function, including stronger memory and better reasoning skills.
So in addition to making you healthier, chomping down on chocolate (especially that consisting of 30 to 70 percent cocoa) can also help make you smarter. What better reason is there to indulge than that? Go get yourself a chocolate bar and enjoy!