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Chocolate May Reduce Risk of Heart Failure

Chocolate May Reduce Risk of Heart Failure

Forget what you’ve heard about death by chocolate.  A new Harvard study shows that chocolate may be good for your heart.  It’s a great day for chocolate lovers everywhere.

Murray Mittleman and his colleagues at Harvard Medical School studied data on 31,823 middle-aged and elderly Swedish women to assess the relationship between chocolate and heart failure.  The women who consumed an average of one to two servings (that’s a fairly small amount) of high-quality, cocoa-rich chocolate per week had a 32 percent lower risk of experiencing heart failure. Those women who ate 1 to 3 servings a month had a 26 percent lower risk of heart failure.

The scientists noted that the high concentration of phytonutrients called flavonoids in dark chocolate are potent antioxidants that are likely responsible for the results.  The flavonoids are believed to lower blood pressure and reducing inflammation linked with heart failure.

Keep in mind that not just any chocolate will do.  Forget the vast majority of candy bars on the market. The study results were achieved with high-quality, cocoa-rich chocolate.  Read DARK chocolate.  The darker the better.  And, be sure the one you choose is low in sugar, has no trans or hydrogenated fats, and no artificial colors, flavors, or other synthetic ingredients.

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5:33AM PDT on Apr 6, 2013

thanks for sharing

11:32AM PST on Feb 4, 2013

Thank you for sharing.

11:07AM PDT on Sep 18, 2012

ty

6:25AM PDT on Sep 10, 2012

Thanks for the info.

6:21PM PDT on May 27, 2012

Nice! :0)

6:17PM PST on Mar 2, 2012

Chillies are better for that purpose!

8:09PM PST on Feb 21, 2012

The darker the better - so says the author. However, keep in mind that something is better than nothing - like the bournvita, cocoa and other drinks.

BTW, the article is a reminder to me to have today's quota of my chocolate!

1:05PM PST on Feb 19, 2012

i just want 20 buterfly credits

6:08PM PST on Feb 18, 2012

I love chocolates and I'm very pleased on how nutritious it is. I gained a lot of information about chocolates on chocolarious.com and now I'm a certified chocoholic. lol.
Also, try checking out milkdelight.com, coffeefashion.com, everything-cake.com, and zcocktails.com. =>

3:17PM PST on Feb 17, 2012

love dark chocolate (:

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