A Little Chocolate Helps Cut Cholesterol

Eating chocolate lower cholesterol levels in some people, according to a new analysis of eight studies.

However, the chocolate only helped people who already had risk factors for heart disease, and then only when consumed in modest amounts.

Reuters reports:

“When all studies were analyzed together, the researchers found eating cocoa cut levels of LDL, or ‘bad’ cholesterol, by about 6 mg/dL and reduced total cholesterol by the same amount ... Further analysis showed that only people who ate small amounts of cocoa, an amount containing 260 milligrams of polyphenols or less, experienced cholesterol lowering effects”.

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