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Chocolate could make heart healthier

posted on February 25, 2000


CHOCOLATE ... SWEETS FOR A HEALTHY HEART.

SCIENTIFIC STUDIES SHOW CHOCOLATE CONTAINS FLAVONOIDS, A COMPOUND WHICH CAN HELP PREVENT HEART DISEASE.

FLAVONOIDS SLOW THE TRANSFORMATION OF LDLs, LOW-DENSITY LIPOPROTEINS OR "BAD" CHOLESTOEROL INTO HEART-THREATENING SUBSTANCES.

THE TESTS ALSO SHOWED THAT FLAVONOIDS REDUCED THE ABILITY OF BLOOD PLATELETS TO CLUMP TOGETHER, WHICH CAN LEAD TO HEART ATTACKS.

WHILE THE STUDIES WERE FINANCED BY THE MARS CANDY COMPANY, OTHER STUDIES HAVE PROVEN THE BENEFITS OF FLAVONOIDS IN FOODS, INCLUDING FRUITS, VEGETABLES, TEA AND RED WINE.


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