Eating Chocolate Once or Twice a Week Decreases Risk of Heart Failure by 32%

Published: September 28, 2012

The adjusted risk of heart failure over nine years declined 26% for women who reported a monthly chocolate intake of one to three servings and by 32% for those who said they ate one or two servings per week. Both findings were significant. The analysis was based on over 30,000 members of the Swedish Mammography Cohort.

The authors also found, however, that eating 1 or more servings of chocolate per day caused the protective benefits to be lost.


Mostofsky E, Levitan EB, Wolk A, Mittleman MA. "Chocolate intake and incidence of heart failure: A population-based, prospective study of middle-aged and elderly women." Circ Heart Fail 2010; DOI:10.1161/CIRCHEARTFAILURE.110.9440.

Jacob Teitelbaum, MD

is one of the world's leading integrative medical authorities on fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue. He is the lead author of eight research studies on their effective treatments, and has published numerous health & wellness books, including the bestseller on fibromyalgia From Fatigued to Fantastic! and The Fatigue and Fibromyalgia Solution. His newest book (June 10, 2024) is You Can Heal From Long COVID. Dr. Teitelbaum is one of the most frequently quoted fibromyalgia experts in the world and appears often as a guest on news and talk shows nationwide including Good Morning America, The Dr. Oz Show, Oprah & Friends, CNN, and Fox News Health.

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