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Chocolate and Heart Health


Chocolate

Brilliant news for chocoholics: "A large number of studies have demonstrated that chocolate, and dark chocolate in particular, can help lower blood pressure, decrease the stickiness of platelets and improve the function of arteries all of which relate to reducing your risk of getting a heart attack," says Debora Yost in her book Heal Your Heart with Wine and Chocolate.

What's so special about dark chocolate?

The more cocoa in chocolate, the more cholesterol-lowering antioxidants called flavanols, which is why you should opt for the bittersweet dark variety and steer clear of the white type, which actually contains no cocoa at all.

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