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Chocolate and Heart Health
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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