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Is dark chocolate healthy?

21st December 2007

An editorial in The Lancet said that the benefits of eating dark chocolate "may have been exaggerated".

Dark and plain forms of chocolate have high levels of flavanols, which are naturally occurring chemicals which are thought to help "protect the heart" . The journal stated that  manufacturers often take out flavanols from their products because they taste "bitter".

As a result, some dark chocolate may not have any form of flavanols left within it.

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