Thanks to a delicious new study, there might be pills in the future that we’re actually excited to take: Chocolate ones.
The study, funded by the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute and Mars Inc. will look at the benefits of cocoa flavanols and their ability to help prevent heart attacks and strokes. The pills would have all the benefits of cocoa – without the sugar and fat that come along with eating a chocolate bar.
"In smaller studies, cocoa flavanols have been linked to improvements in intermediate risk factors for heart disease," Dr. JoAnn Manson, who will be the lead author of the study, told Digital Journal.
While a chocolate pill won’t be available any time soon, you can still enjoy cocoa for its health benefits (in moderation, of course!) while you wait.
Do you eat dark chocolate or raw cocoa for its health benefits?
-Katharine Watts, associate web editor