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Study: Dark Chocolate Cuts Heart Disease Risk

Tuesday, 20 December 2005 12:00 AM

A bit of dark chocolate every day can cut the risk of heart disease, according to a small study from the University Hospital in Zurich.

Researchers studied 20 male smokers, all at high risk for cardiovascular disease, and compared the effects of dark and white chocolate on arterial blood flow.

The smokers abstained from eating foods rich in antioxidants for 24 hours and were then each given at least 2 ounces of chocolate.

After two hours, ultrasound scans revealed that dark chocolate - made up of 74 percent cocoa solids - improved the smoothness of arterial flow. But white chocolate, with four percent cocoa, had no effect.

The researchers said the effects probably came from the antioxidants in dark chocolate.

"Only a small daily treat of dark chocolate may substantially increase the amount of antioxidant intake and beneficially affect vascular health," according to the study published in Heart magazine.

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