Take two candy bars and call me in the morning?

Published: February, 2006

Adding plant sterols and flavanols to chocolate doesn't make candy bars a health food.

Sweet, rich, melt-in-your-mouth chocolate has always been something of a guilty pleasure for people with high cholesterol or those following a heart-healthy diet. The high-calorie combination of fat and sugar makes chocolate one of those "use sparingly" foods confined to the teeny tip of food pyramids.

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