Dark Chocolate Lowers Cholesterol
Cocoa (found in dark
chocolate) consumption significantly lowered LDL and total cholesterol in subjects who consumed low amount of cocoa
and had a risk of cardiovascular disease. Healthy subjects experienced no change and there was no change in HDL
Researchers said the analysis of 8 trials
involving cocoa suggests moderate consumption of cocoa may be beneficial by preventing high cholesterol people
who are at risk for this condition and cardiovascular disease. Cocoa in dark chocolate does not lower LDL and
total cholesterol in people with normal levels of these fats.
Reference Souce: Jia L, Liu X,
Bai Y, et al. Short-term effect of cocoa product consumption on lipid profile: a meta-analysis of randomized
controlled trials. American Journal of
Clinical Nutrition. May 2010.
Once again dark chocolate shows
cardiovascular health benefits. Look for dark chocolate that has 60-72% cocoa. Less than 60% does not provide
enough antioxidants. More than 72% makes the chocolate too bitter for most people.
You should consume less than 1
oz. per day. Apparently it takes only 2 bites a day to obtain the maximum cardiovascular benefit from
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