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Chocolate isn't just a sweet treat, it can also be good for your health!

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(CNN/Meredith) – Just in time for Valentine’s Day, a new study linked a certain type of chocolate with health benefits.

"Chocolate's more than just a matter of the heart for what we give to people that we love. Chocolate has nutrients in it that can help us to protect our heart. They're called flavanols, and they help to increase the blood flow to your heart," said Tamra Melton, a registered dietitian.

The study found that as little as a quarter of an ounce of dark chocolate a day could keep the heart doctor away.

The German Institute of Human Nutrition said it could lower the risk of experiencing a heart attack or stroke. And, a separate study found chocolate can help improve a person's mood.

Chocolate was also found to be a good antioxidant for the body and could help reduce inflammation in the body. 

However, not all chocolate is created equal according to Elyse Sartor, Clinical Outpatient Dietitian with Northside Hospital.

"Dark chocolate can be a source of vitamins and minerals but it is also going to be a source of added sugar," added Sartor.

Remember this Valentine’s Day, moderation is key.

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