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A Little Dark Chocolate Does A Heart Good
Just in time for the candy-clogged holidays, a new Swiss study finds a
little dark chocolate each day could slow hardening of the arteries in
decreased the risk of blood clots.
Another expert agreed. "In my view, dark chocolate can be included as
part of an overall heart-healthy diet -- for instance, adequately balancing its calories with a decrease in other desserts and snack foods," said Jeffrey Blumberg, director of the Antioxidants Research Laboratory at the Jean Mayer USDA Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging at Tufts University, in Boston. But he said that
Previous research conducted by Blumberg showed dark chocolate can help lower blood pressure. In that study, his team asked 10 men and women to eat 3.5 ounces of dark chocolate every day for 15 days. All of the people in the study had high blood pressure, but weren't on medication to
treat it. Another study, published in 2004, found that eating 1.6 ounces
of dark chocolate every day for two weeks caused a healthy 10 percent
increase in arterial blood flow.
Dark chocolate, according to Corti, has more antioxidants per gram than
other antioxidant-rich foods such as red wine, green tea and berry
fruits. But he is talking about only a bit a day, since chocolate is notoriously rich in unhealthy fat.This article can be accessed directly at: