Here's some sweet news, eating small quantities of chocolate can be good for women's health, according to a new Harvard study. The study of thousands of Swedish women found three small servings of dark chocolate per month may cut the risk of heart failure by one third. But don't get too excited. Eating much more that that cancels out any positive impact.
The news comes just in time for the Saturday world's chocolate day. A celebration of the world's oldest dessert. Chocolate was discovered by ancient MesoAmerica, thousands of years ago. The cacao beans was prize currency when the 10 beans was worth one rabbit.
Hernan Cortes brought the secret back to Europe in 1765. There are now 1,233 chocolate factories in the U.S. The very rich was the only one that could afford this treat until the 19th century. 23.8 lbs of candy Americans eat every year. Compare that too other fatty foods, like 64 lbs of beef, 17lbs of ice cream and 5lbs of butter.
This is why our hearts need all the help from dark chocolate we can get.