Lovers of chocolate can rejoice everywhere, because stopping three candies per month can reduce the risk of heart failure by 13 percent, according to a new study.
Britons love their chocolate, with each person consuming on average a gigantic 8.4 kg or 1.3 stone of it last year, according to data published by Mintel Global New Products Database.
But a new study has both good and bad news for people with a sweet tooth.
The European Society of Cardiology presented their new research this week in Munich, looking at five studies with more than 570,000 people.
They found that people who ate three chocolate bars a month reduced their risk of heart failure by 13 percent compared to those who had not eaten anything at all.
This is because natural compounds in cocoa, called flavonoids, improve the health of blood vessels, which can reduce inflammation.
However, if you eat a bar of chocolate every day, you increase the risk of heart failure by 17 percent.
Lead researcher Dr Chayakrit Krittanawong said: "I believe that chocolate is an important food source of flavonoids that is associated with reducing inflammation and raising good cholesterol.
"The most important thing is that flavonoids can increase nitric oxide[agasthatstimulatesthebloodvesselstohelpthecryptlon[agaswhichexpandsbloodsvesselswhichhelpsciruclaiton[eengasdatdebloedvatenvergrootwatdeciruclaitonhelpt[agaswhichexpandsbloodsvesselswhichhelpsciruclaiton
"However, chocolate can contain a high content of saturated fats.
"I would say that a moderate consumption of dark chocolate is good for your health."
This is not the first time that eating chocolate in moderation has been linked to the health of the heart.
Last year, a study in the British Medical Journal suggested that eating small amounts may reduce the risk of irregular heartbeat.
As such, eating a little dark chocolate every now and then is good for your health – do not give yourself a sweet treat every day.
Victoria Taylor, a senior dietitian at The British Heart Foundation, said earlier: "We know that the cocoa that contains chocolate can consist of substances that have been linked to the health benefits of the heart.
"However, the type of chocolate that we eat the most in the UK also comes with a lot of sugar and saturated fat.
"So although there is no reason why we can not enjoy a bit of chocolate as part of a balanced diet, it is probably not a diet strategy to rely solely on to reduce the risk of heart attack or stroke."