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DOSAGE:The recommended dose of dark chocolate is 1 ounce, or 28 g, daily. This corresponds to 30-500 flavonols a day (flavonol content varies widely in commercially available dark chocolate). Special flavonol-enriched chocolate is also available. The color of chocolate and percentage of cocoa are not indicators of flavonol content. White chocolate contains little or no flavonols.
CONCLUSION:We conclude that dark chocolate is a safe and effective product for improving cholesterol, blood pressure, mood, and symptoms of chronic fatigue. Factor in the calories from the flavanol-rich treat. Cocoa has a bitter taste, so it doesn't taste good pure. Look for any formulation that contains 72% cocoa or more.
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