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Hand me the Snickers.

There’s no need to continue trying to curb your chocolate addiction, according to new research reported by the American Heart Association.

The study, which looked at the eating and lifestyle habits of more than 1,100 adults ages 18 to 69 over the course of two years, found a link between daily chocolate consumption and heart health. Really.

Researchers discovered people who ate 100mg of chocolate per day tended to have lower insulin resistance and liver enzymes, which, when high, are both indicators of heart disease risk. Yep, you don’t need to wait for World Chocolate Day to have an excuse to chow down on one of these tasty choc-laden recipes anymore.

We already know that dark chocolate has a plethora of benefits, including improving brain function and boosting iron and magnesium levels (all of which can help ease some of the symptoms of PMS), but milk and white chocolate varieties tend to be less virtuous, with higher levels of sugar and lower levels of health-boosting cacao, so it’s best to stick to the dark stuff if you’re planning on embarking on a daily chocolate eating routine, and to keep your portion small whilst also opting for varieties that are low in sugar, as too much of the sweet stuff can have the reverse effect on your health.

So go forth, munch on (a small daily portion of) the dark stuff feeling virtuous, because a chocolate a day just might keep the doctor away.

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