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Myths and realities surrounding the chocolate

Does eating chocolate protect against cardiovascular disease?

Yes. The presence of flavanols in cocoa can reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease. However, current cocoa processing methods greatly reduce the concentration of these invaluable molecules.

Can eating chocolate reduce blood pressure in older men?

Yes. However, this effect is only felt with very high doses of flavanols, which would require eating about 50 milk chocolate bars!

Are the health benefits greater the darker the chocolate?

No. Processing methods can give chocolate a very dark appearance even though the concentration of flavanols is practically zero.

Does eating one milk chocolate bar per day have beneficial effects on cardiovascular health?

No. However, it can have beneficial effects if the chocolate you consume every day contains at least 70% cocoa. The benefits are even more pronounced if the chocolate contains olive oil.

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