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Patients Prefer Tablets to Chocolate Bar to Lower High Blood Pressure

by VR Sreeraman on August 13, 2010 at 5:14 PM
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 Patients Prefer Tablets to Chocolate Bar to Lower High Blood Pressure

Given the choice, patients would rather pop a pill than have a daily bar of chocolate to lower their blood pressure, according to a letter published in this week's BMJ.

A recent study by Karin Ried and colleagues at the University of Adelaide suggested that dark chocolate may be better than placebo in reducing high blood pressure.

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However, in another study they found that taking 50g of 70% cocoa chocolate daily was significantly less acceptable than one capsule daily of placebo or tomato extract, making the practicability of chocolate as a long term treatment debatable, they say.

Source: BMJ
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