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  1. Hannum, Sandra M. MS, RD
  2. Schmitz, Harold H. PhD
  3. Keen, Carl L. PhD


Cocoa and chocolate foods produced by appropriate methods can contribute significant amounts of heart-healthy flavanols to the diet. These flavanols may enhance cardiovascular health by delaying blood clotting, improving vascular endothelial function, and helping to moderate inflammation. The benefits of chocolate can be enjoyed without guilt as part of a healthful balanced diet.