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25 March 2011

Dark chocolate good for the heart

New research suggests that the cocoa ingredient in dark chocolate may lower blood pressure and cholesterol levels while preventing diabetes and improving the health of blood vessels.

If you can handle the fat and kilojoules, there may be a health benefit to enjoying dark chocolate on occasion. New research suggests that the cocoa ingredient may lower blood pressure and cholesterol levels while preventing diabetes and improving the health of blood vessels.

The findings came from an analysis of data from 21 high-quality studies that included a total of 2,575 participants.

Not all cocoa created equal

It remains unclear, the researchers said, as to just why chocolate appears to have the effect that they found. It's also not known how much people would need to eat to get the benefits.

 
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