Health benefits of chocolate pills under the microscope in new study
Chocolate lovers might perk up at word that researchers are about to study the potential health benefits of the yummy treat, but it's not about eating candy bars.
Scientists at Brigham and Women's hospital in Boston are launching a large study to see if pills containing the nutrients in dark chocolate can help prevent heart attack and stroke.
The study will use technology by the Mars Candy Company to extract nutrients from cocoa in high concentrations and put them into capsules, providing the benefits of dark chocolate without the fat or calories. In smaller studies, cocoa flavanols improved blood pressure, cholesterol, the body's use of insulin, artery health and other heart-related factors.
Researchers will track the heart health and cardiac events of 18,000 men and women who will be given either dummy pills or two cocoa capsules a day for four years.
But don't try to create this experiment at home. You'd have to eat thousands of candy bars a day to get the amount of nutrients being tested in this study!
The Associated Press contributed to portions of this report.