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Study Says Chocolate's Good for the Heart

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- No need to put down that chocolate bar you’re eating.

A new study from Heart, a cardiology health journal, says eating more chocolate may lead to a lower risk of heart disease and stroke.

Studying almost 21,000 men and women using data from the European Prospective Investigation into Cancer, the study found compared to those who ate no chocolate, those who did had an 11 percent lower risk of cardiovascular disease.

Eating more chocolate was also associated with higher energy intake and a diet containing more fat and carbs and less protein and alcohol,” said a statement from Heart.

But don't start buying chocolate bars by the case.

Howard LeWine, chief medical editor of Harvard University's health blog, says, "I routinely write my patients a prescription for exercise, and sometimes for eating more vegetables and fruits. I won’t be writing any prescriptions for chocolate in the foreseeable future."

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