Tuesday, April 10, 2007

Cocoa Beats Tea at Blood Pressure Control

According to a German study reported by Reuters, chocolate reduces blood pressure more effectively than green or black tea. Among study participants, chocolate was just as strong as "drugs commonly prescribed to control high blood pressure."

What the report left out was how much chocolate study participants were taking.

Both tea and chocolate contain powerful compounds called polyphenols, which are believed to protect against heart disease. In fact, many fruits and vegetables have the stuff. But cocoa has a particularly strong brand of polyphenols called "procyanids."

Before you start throwing Reese's Pieces on your salads, one researcher cautioned that cocoa should be "rationally applied" to your diet. Pick dark chocolate over milk chocolate and eat it sparingly.

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