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What are the health effects related to consumption of chocolate? (DGAC 2010)

Conclusion

Moderate evidence suggests that modest consumption of dark chocolate or cocoa is associated with health benefits in the form of reduced cardiovascular disease risk. Potential health benefits need to be balanced with caloric intake.

Grade

Moderate
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Evidence Summaries

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What are the health effects related to consumption of chocolate?

Research Recommendations

Elucidate further the role of polyphenolic compounds as major active ingredients in the health benefits of chocolate. Test different chocolate formulations that are commonly consumed by the general public.

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