Is It True What I Hear About Chocolate?
Patricia Zifferblatt | February 15, 2007

Hooray for dark chocolate! Finally, something that tastes really good is good for you, and in this case it’s chocolate. At the American Heart Association’s Annual Scientific Sessions held in Chicago on November 14, a new study on dark chocolate was presented.

The researchers reported: "Cocoa can function in the same way as aspirin in preventing heart attacks." Scientists at John Hopkins University Medical School say that a few squares of dark chocolate a day can reduce the risk of heart attack by almost 50% in some cases.

However, there is a caveat. According to the main researcher, "Eating a little bit of chocolate or having a drink of hot cocoa as part of a regular diet is probably good for health, so long as people don’t eat too much of it, and too much of the kind of chocolate with lots of sugar and fat."

So what’s a body to do? The best chocolate for your health should contain 70% cocoa, but manufacturers are just starting to include that information on labels. To protect your heart, enjoy dark chocolate in moderation for the enjoyment of it, but still maintain a heart-healthy Mediterranean-type diet. Click here to learn more about that healthy style of eating.
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