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What are some health benefits of eating cocoa flavonoids?

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The European Food Information Council states that the type of flavonoids found in cocoa solids and chocolate may help to lower blood pressure and cholesterol, improve the metabolism of glucose, and help to maintain the health of blood vessels. Flavonoids are a group of plant-based antioxidants.

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The type of flavonoids in chocolate are known as flavanols, according to SFGate. Flavanols are a healthy component of chocolate, but the benefits must be taken into consideration against the sugar, fat and caloric content of most chocolate. One ounce of dark chocolate with 70 to 85 percent cocoa solids has 170 calories, 12 grams of fat and 7 grams of sugar. Milk chocolate has more fat and sugar content than dark chocolate, and has less cocoa flavanol content per serving.

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