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Good news for chocolate lovers: The more you eat, the lower your risk of heart disease, study suggests

A new study published in the journal Heart looked at the effect of diet on long-term health of 25,000 volunteers and found that the answer to how much chocolate can be good for you is -- a lot. The researchers found that study participants who ate up to 100 grams of chocolate a day had lower heart disease and stroke risk.

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Dr. Sears Comments:

Dr. Barry Sears

Cocoa polyphenols are great for your health. Unfortunately, you need to consume a lot of them to get their benefits.  For example, cognitive benefits only begin to appear at intakes of about 2 grams of  cocoa polyphenols per day.  Not stated in this article is the darker the chocolate product, the higher the levels of cadmium in that chocolate.  In fact, a number of dark chocolate makers are being sued in the state of California for unsafe levels of cadmium in their products.

 

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