Rather than consuming a cup of tea, German researchers are reporting that foods rich in cocoa may be better for ones heart. After analyzing ten different studies, researchers say people who ate foods rich in cocoa were able lower their blood pressure, while those drinking tea received no heart health benefits. Tea and cocoa are full of polyphenols, a compound believed to help lower blood pressure. While individuals who consumed some sort of chocolate experienced a drop in their blood pressure and those who consumed tea did not, Cleveland Clinic health experts say more research is still needed before a direct comparison can be made. For now, dieticians recommend individuals stick to a balanced diet, exercise and occasionally medicine to lower their blood pressure.
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