Do Chocolate Eaters Have Healthier Hearts?

Older women who eat more chocolate are less likely to develop heart problems, according to new study findings. Women older than 70 who ate chocolate at least once per week were 35 percent less likely to be hospitalized or die from heart disease over a ten year period.

The women did not even have to eat a lot of chocolate to see benefits.

According to Reuters:

“... [F]oods rich in antioxidants known as flavonoids - including dark chocolate and apples and red wine -- may help shield postmenopausal women from coronary heart disease, cardiovascular disease and stroke. Flavonoids are thought to reduce the risk of heart disease, the leading cause of death in many industrialized countries, by helping to increase nitric oxide, which in turn helps boost the functioning of blood vessels and lower blood pressure.”

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