Source: Arch Intern Med, Feb 27, 2006;166(4):411-7.
Research: Researchers studied whether habitual cocoa intake was cross-sectionally related to blood pressure and prospectively related with cardiovascular mortality. To do this, they examined the eating habits of 470 healthy men who were not taking blood pressure medicine.
Results: The men who ate the most products made from cocoa beans—including cocoa drinks, chocolate pudding and chocolate bars—had lower blood pressure and a 50% lower risk of death. Researchers said the men eating the most cocoa products were not heavier or big eaters compared to men who ate less cocoa.