Harvard Heart Letter

Heart Beat: A sweet, nutty plan for better cholesterol, blood pressure

Most of the strategies we recommend for controlling cholesterol and blood pressure can't be classified as "fun." Exercising, adopting a more healthful diet, taking medications — all tend to be more work than pleasure. Here's one that's more pleasure than work: eating nuts and chocolate.

Once viewed as little more than treats, nuts and chocolate are poised to join the cornucopia of healthy foods. A gradually growing body of research supports their consumption, in moderation of course, to protect the heart and arteries. The latest studies support this notion.

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