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Old 03-29-2008, 07:36 AM
 
Location: Tennessee/Michigan
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BOSTON -- Most people have been told since childhood that too much candy is bad for them, but the Mars candy company says its latest confectionary creation may actually help lower cholesterol levels, Boston television station WCVB reported.

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Old 03-29-2008, 07:55 AM
 
Location: Victoria, BC.
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That has been known for some time now, and I have been eating a 35g Lindt 70% dark bar per day since I first heard about it. I don't know how much good it's doing, but it's the tastiest medicine I've ever taken.
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Old 03-29-2008, 08:57 PM
 
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my family always tells me i eat too much chocolate, so i never miss a reason to tell them how good it is for me!
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Old 03-31-2008, 11:24 AM
 
Location: Beautiful place in Virginia
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This is a funny post.

I was weight lifting up until I had some back pain issues which really increased my HDLs.

However, I have been honestly away from the gym for a solid 9 months.

However, my chocolate fix is high. I love dark chocolate 65-80%. I eat it once a week.

My cholesterol is still good. Is there a correlation? I don't know.

The caveat is the weight gain and propensity to become a diabetic. So in one regard you have better cholesterol but you're overweight and you become a diabetic. So the best thing is moderation or offset it with exercise.
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Old 03-31-2008, 01:30 PM
 
Location: Swamps of Florida
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I only eat dark chocolate and have been for many many years, i can't stand milk or white chocolate. My cholesterol levels are good, but i was told my Good cholesterol can be improved, i don't know if chocolate can help with Good part of it. LOL
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Old 04-01-2008, 11:41 AM
 
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these kind of studies crack me up. if you want to live healthy and eat healthy, eating lots of candy is not part of the program folks. Candy is not healthy no matter how much wishful thinking people engage in.

If you want to eat chocolate or whatever other candy or sweets addiction, then do it. Just don't delude yourself it is healthy because it is not.

It's the same faulty reasoning as those people who say "So-and-so smoked 3 packs of cigarettes a day his whole life and lived until he was 70, therefore cigarettes don't give you cancer and actually extend your life span."

Get real. Get honest with yourself.
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Old 04-03-2008, 12:32 PM
 
Location: Swamps of Florida
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Everything is good in moderation, dark chocolate is good for you, cigaretter cause cancer, but in actuality cancer is genetic and while cigarettes migh trigger sleeping cells, it's not 100% cause of cancer. So yes, i will not be surprised if someone smokes 3 packs a day and stays healthy and someone who never touch a cigarette has cancer. Just something to consider.
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Old 04-03-2008, 12:55 PM
 
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you have to have the 70% or more cacao in order for it to be beneficial
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Old 04-03-2008, 12:57 PM
 
Location: Sneads Ferry NC/Randolph NJ/Cape Coral FL
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Everything is good in moderation, dark chocolate is good for you, cigaretter cause cancer, but in actuality cancer is genetic and while cigarettes migh trigger sleeping cells, it's not 100% cause of cancer. So yes, i will not be surprised if someone smokes 3 packs a day and stays healthy and someone who never touch a cigarette has cancer. Just something to consider.

yes moderation is the key......not eating an entire bag of it
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Old 04-03-2008, 01:31 PM
 
Location: Rural Central Texas
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So eating twice as much 40% cacao wont be the same as eating one 80% bar? Bummer! I had such grand plans.
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