Will eating chocolate raise my cholesterol?
Marcus J. Cox, MD
Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)
Chocolate contains a chemical often referred to as flavonoids, which are the same chemicals found in red wine. This has been found to lower LDL cholesterol as well as to exert a protective effect against heart disease. Dark chocolate contains higher amounts of flavonoids and therefore may be more beneficial. As always, it is recommended to consume only in moderation.

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Emilia Klapp
Nutrition & Dietetics
High-quality chocolate contains a large amount of cocoa butter, which does not contain cholesterol because it is extracted from the cacao bean. Cocoa butter contains three kinds of fatty acids: palmitic fat, a saturated fat in small amounts; stearic fat, a saturated fat that does not affect cholesterol levels; and oleic fat, a monounsaturated fat that can protect us from many ailments, including cardiovascular disease. If you eat quality chocolate -- not chocolate made with large amounts of sugar and hydrogenated or partially hydrogenated oils -- you actually can reap important health benefits, such as antioxidants. The maximum amount of chocolate recommended daily is about 50 g.

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We need cholesterol, a fatty, waxy substance because our cells use it to form the membrane -- a critical part of the cell. But because it is fatty, it does not dissolve in the blood, but is carried to your cells by certain protein...

s. We get concerned about cholesterol when there is too much of it, particularly when there is too much "Low-Density Lipoprotein" or LDL cholesterol. This type of cholesterol is one of the major risk factors for coronary heart disease. On the other hand, there is High-Density or HDL cholesterol, which is "good" cholesterol, and good levels of HDL are associated with less risk of stroke and heart attack.

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