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A 41-year-old male asked:

Does dark chocolate help lower ldl cholesterol and help improve cardiovascular health? how many grams of 70% dark chocolate can i have daily for ldl?

2 doctor answers5 doctors weighed in
Dr. Ed Friedlander
Pathology 44 years experience
Not the best idea: Food choices are not the key to health. There are plenty of trivial effects and junk-science studies. Chocolate tastes really good and has little nutrition and it'll tend to make you fat and is rough on your teeth. If you hit the gym and trim down, you'll impact your overall cardiovascular health much more, and make some quality friends in the process. Best wishes.
Dr. Randy Baker
Dr. Randy Baker commented
Holistic Medicine 40 years experience
Dr. Friedlander, I respect you so am shocked you say "Food choices are not the key to health."Diet is FOUNDATIONAL to health and has a tremendous effect on all common degenerative diseases including heart disease, diabetes,obesity, osteoarthritis,Alzheimer's and cancer. Excess sugar, starches, fried foods & factory-farm meats & lack of vegetables,fruits and quality protein is a HUGE key to health.
Feb 2, 2018
Dr. Gurmukh Singh
Pathology 49 years experience
Diet and exercise: Agree with Dr. Friedlander. Wish you good health! - Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, milk and milk products, nuts, beans, legumes, lentils and small amounts of lean meats. Avoid saturated fats. Drink enough water daily, so that your urine is mostly colorless. Exercise at least 150 minutes/week and increase the intensity of exercise gradually. Do not use tobacco, alcohol, weed or street drugs in any form. Practice safe sex, if you have sex.

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