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Eat To Grow: Chocolate Fat Facts

Ingredients are key to healthy vs. unhealthy fat in chocolate

If cocoa butter is listed in the ingredients of chocolate as one of the few fats, the candy is less likely than others to contain fats that contribute to high cholesterol. Cocoa butter is converted into an unsaturated fat in the liver and has neutral effects on cholesterol levels.

On the other hand, if the ingredient list includes milk, especially whole milk, or the words hydrogenated or partially hydrogenated, it’s more likely to contribute to higher cholesterol.

‘Mayo Clinic Health Letter, February 2001

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