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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 cholesterol.  

Dark chocolate lowers cholesterol - good for your heart!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 cocoa.

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