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July 19, 2005

Dark Chocolate May Be the Next New Health Food

Topics: Health Issues

Good news for chocolate lovers, at least those that like DARK chocolate:

If it tastes good it must be bad, so the saying goes, but delicious dark chocolate may be the exception to the rule. In addition to all the pleasurable sensations associated with the sweet, it may also help lower blood pressure by an average of 10 percent while improving the body's sensitivity to insulin, researchers report.

However, this benefit applies only to dark chocolate, which is rich in flavonoids -- the same antioxidant compounds found in fruits, vegetables and whole grains that are known to help lower blood pressure, according to the report in the July 18 online edition of Hypertension.

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Posted by Hyscience at July 19, 2005 6:20 PM

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