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Chocolate Pill for Good Health?
Scientists have been studying the health effects of chocolate for years. According to recent studies, compounds in cocoa can help reduce heart disease risk. But chocolate also is loaded with sugar, fat, and calories—and that’s a problem. Could chocolate pills be the solution?
Researchers at the division of preventive medicine at Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston are looking for volunteers—men over the age of 60 and women older than 65—to participate in a 4-year study. Study participants will take a cocoa capsule containing extract equivalent to about 1,000 calories of dark chocolate or a placebo.
The goal of the study is to measure the effects of the cocoa extract on health. Researchers will try to determine if compounds in chocolate reduce the risk for heart attack, stroke, and other health problems. Interestingly, the study is being funded by the candy-maker Mars, Inc. and the drug company Pfizer, Inc.
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