Can chocolate help lower cholesterol levels?

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Studies have shown that Dark chocolate can be heart healthy. Dark Chocolate is made from the cocoa beans of the Theobroma cacao fruit tree, it is rich in flavonoids, more specifically, flavanols, which are phytochemicals and antioxidants that can be heart healthy.

Antioxidants counteract oxidation, a harmful chemical reaction that takes place in your body. This protects the “bad” LDL cholesterol from becoming oxidized that contributes to the hardening of the arteries and heart disease.

Keep in mind that chocolate, if you eat a lot of it, can be high in calories. Obesity is a risk factor for heart disease. Hence, a little dark chocolate along with a heart healthy diet and lifestyle may be good for your heart but if you overindulge.....

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Chocolate is full of flavonoids, which are antioxidants that help lower cholesterol. It also has oleic acid, the same type of heart-healthy monounsaturated fat found in olive oil. To improve your cholesterol, just have a little nibble—up to 1 ounce of dark chocolate a day. And check the label to make sure your chocolate is at least 70 percent cocoa. Cocoa is the stuff with all the heart-healthy ingredients.

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