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Milk With Cocoa Found To Reduce Risk Factors For Cardiovascular Disease

May 6, 2011: 05:04 AM EST
A clinical study in Spain has found that drinking milk fortified with cocoa was associated with a five percent boost in HDL cholesterol levels and a 14 percent drop in oxidized LDL (“bad”) cholesterol. Drinking only milk had no such effect. Study participants, whose mean age was 70, drank 500 ml of skimmed milk fortified with 40 g of cocoa powder every day for four weeks. Scientists said regular consumption of cocoa would be a “useful tool against risk factors” for cardiovascular disease because cocoa is rich in polyphenols that may prevent LDL molecules from being oxidized.
N. Khan, et al., "Regular consumption of cocoa powder with milk increases HDL cholesterol and reduces oxidized LDL levels in subjects at high-risk of cardiovascular disease", Nutrition, Metabolism and Cardiovascular Diseases, May 06, 2011, © Elsevier B.V.
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