Chocolate May Extend Your Life

Moderate amounts seem to be healthy

HealthDay News

HealthDay News

Published on May 20, 2003

(HealthDayNews) -- Here's one for all you candy lovers out there.

A study reported in the prestigious British Medical Journal suggests that people who regularly eat candy live up to a year longer than those who deprive themselves.

The study looked at the 1998 health records of 7,841 men, who entered Harvard as undergraduates between 1916 and 1950. And it found that people who ate modest amounts of candy bars, from one to three a month, had a 36 percent lower risk of death than those who abstained.

The researchers say that antioxidant phenols in the chocolate portion of the candy probably are responsible for the added longevity. They say the amount of phenols in a 1.5-ounce chocolate bar is about the same as in a glass of red wine.

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