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Chocolate As Blood Pressure Treatment Not Ready For Prime Time

August 12, 2010: 09:05 PM EST
An Australian study has found that eating chocolate every day to control blood pressure may not be a practical preventive measure, mainly because mandatory daily chocolate intake is objectionable to many people. In fact, about half of the participants in the study who were assigned to eat half a bar of dark chocolate every day for 12 weeks found it hard to do so, preferring to take lycopene instead. Participants who ate the chocolate “reported strong taste and concerns about fat/sugar content as reasons for unacceptability of chocolate as a long-term treatment option," one researcher wrote. An American researcher, however, said that even though a 50 percent acceptability rate is pretty good, it’s still too soon to recommend chocolate as a blood pressure treatment.
Lisa Nainggolan, "Chocolate for blood pressure too hard to stomach, researchers say", The Heart, August 12, 2010, © The Heart
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