Chocolate, weight loss and heart disease - HealthWatchMD

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Good news for your Monday. Not only does chocolate include healthy antioxidants, a new study published in the British Medical Journal found that it can help prevent heart disease and stroke.

Researchers found that people who consumed more chocolate reduced their risk of heart disease by 37 percent and cut their risk for stroke by 29 percent. To reap the best results, experts recommend eating about 150 calories-worth of dark chocolate (60 percent or higher cocoa content) daily. As always, moderation is key with any food, including chocolate.

Two popular brands, Ghirardelli and Lindt, among others, contain more than 70 percent cocoa, making these bars good options.

Maintaining a healthy weight is a crucial part of heart health. As we reported earlier this year, when you lose weight, so does your heart. Piedmont Hospital cardiologist Dr. Joseph Miller said that, "Problems with the heart can start with just five to 15 pounds of weight gain. While losing the same number of pounds can help lower blood pressure, decrease the risk of diabetes and lower the incidence of strokes."

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12 Sep, 2011

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