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Almonds and dark chocolate may reduce a risk factor of coronary heart disease, according to a recent study.
Researchers found that combining raw almonds, dark chocolate and cocoa significantly reduced the number of low-density lipoprotein, or LDL, particles in the blood of overweight and obese people.
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LDL is often called bad cholesterol because of the role it plays in clogging arteries.
But portion size was key. The study looked at nearly one-third a cup of almonds a day — either alone or combined with almost one-quarter cup of dark chocolate and 2 1/3 tablespoons cocoa a day.