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Report shows dark chocolate holds cardiovascular health benefits

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HERSHEY, Pa. In addition to containing amounts of flavanols that have been shown to be a great source of antioxidants, a new study suggests that dark chocolate also has an important effect on cardiovascular health.

A new report released by the Yale-Griffin Prevention Research Center said that persons who ate regulated amounts of Hershey’s Extra Dark Chocolate experienced positive, short-term effects on their blood pressure levels as well as endothelial (blood vessel) functions. The study was tested on 45 persons who consumed Hershey’s Extra Dark Chocolate (75 g, 60 percent cacao) and/or Hershey’s Natural Cocoa (22 g) two hours following consumption.

Researchers said that this study is the largest of its kind investigating short-term benefits of natural cocoa on blood pressure and blood vessel function. Results of the study have been published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition.

Hershey’s Extra Dark Chocolate is also the first chocolate bar ever to receive the Best Life seal of approval. The Best Life seal is a designation developed by trainer and exercise physiologist Bob Greene to indicate best food choices for a healthy, active lifestyle.

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