At last some good news -chocolate is good for you

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3 November 2004 , HAMBURG - Plain chocolate, in moderation, is good for the heart, a German insurance company says, quoting Greek research. The German DAK health insurance company said the antioxidants found in cocoa have been shown to decrease the risk of coronary artery disease. The company says it is unclear whether eating more dark chocolate - rather than milk chocolate - would in fact lead to fewer coronary illnesses. But one thing is still clear: eating too much chocolate can lead to obesity and and

3 November 2004  

HAMBURG - Plain chocolate, in moderation, is good for the heart, a German insurance company says, quoting Greek research.

The German DAK health insurance company said the antioxidants found in cocoa have been shown to decrease the risk of coronary artery disease.

The company says it is unclear whether eating more dark chocolate - rather than milk chocolate - would in fact lead to fewer coronary illnesses.

But one thing is still clear: eating too much chocolate can lead to obesity and and an increased risk of heart disease.

Several scientists now believe that some cocoa and chocolate products are rich in flavanols - a class of natural compounds found in a variety of foods including tea and red wine.

According to a review in The British Journal of Cardiology, experiments have shown that flavanols have a beneficial influence on vascular health.

Cardiovascular diseases remain the number one killer in developed countries.

The prime cause is the process of atherosclerosis, which begins in early childhood and gradually leads to 'furring-up' and blockages in the heart's coronary arteries.

DPA

Subject: German news

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