A new book claims that eating chocolate on a daily basis may actually be good for your health. According to the Australian scientists, Dr John Ashton and Suzi Ashton, a piece of chocolate a day is even better than a glass of red wine a day.

"One benefit is it is extremely rich in antioxidants," Dr Ashton said. "It's even better than red wine and may also protect against cancer."

In the book, A Chocolate a Day Keeps the Doctor Away, Dr Ashton, a strategic research manager for the Sanitarium Health Food Company, states that chocolate has a range of health benefits.

Dr Ashton recommends a maximum of 50 grams of chocolate a day. He said this was equivalent to a chocolate bar, or a dozen squares in a block of chocolate.  Research has indicated that chocolate is neutral to heart disease and can improve cholesterol levels.

Chocolate is also an outstanding source of minerals such as chromium and magnesium. Chromium is important in the metabolism of sugars and carbohydrates, while magnesium has been found to reduce the effects of premenstrual tension.

Dr Ashton said chocolates might also help us to fall and stay in love, as it is full of the chemical phenylethylamine.

"When we fall in love, the body produces higher levels of this chemical," he said.