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iVillage: 15 Bad Habits That Are Actually Good For Your Health

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Caving In to Chocolate

No surprise. According to UCLA researchers, chocolate is the food women crave most. And now Harvard studies suggest that savoring two ounces daily (ideally, the darker kind) can cut your artery-clogging LDL cholesterol by 14 percent -- thereby preventing dangerous clots by 36 percent and improving blood flow to your heart by 48 percent. Credit goes to cocoa’s flavonoids -- powerful antioxidants that dial down inflammation, relax arteries, plus help control your liver’s cholesterol output, UCLA researchers say.

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