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Men who consumed the most cocoa had lower blood pressure, 3.7 mmHg systolic, 2.1 mmHg diastolic
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The one-third of elderly men, 65- to 84-years-old, who consumed the most cocoa had an average systolic blood pressure that was 3.7 mmHg lower and an average diastolic blood pressure that was 2.1 mmHg lower than the one-third of men consuming the least cocoa (none) according to The Zutphen Elderly Study.
The one-third of men who consumed the most cocoa consumed an average of 4.2 grams per day which is the amount found in 10 grams of dark chocolate (0.35 ounces of dark chocolate).
Subjects: 470 men
The study involved 470 men who were free from cardiovascular disease, diabetes mellitus, or cancer at baseline.
Men taking blood pressure drugs were also excluded.
Buijsse B, Feskens EJ, Kok FJ, and Kromhout D. Cocoa intake, blood pressure, and cardiovascular mortality: the Zutphen Elderly Study. Arch Intern Med, 2006 Feb 27; 166(4): 411-417.
Author’s Contact Info
Brian Buijsse, MSc
Center for Nutrition and Health
National Institute for Public Health and the Environment
PO Box 1
3720 BA Bilthoven, Netherlands
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