Researchers look into benefits of chocolate pills

By WEEK Producer

March 17, 2014 Updated Mar 17, 2014 at 10:15 PM CDT

There may soon be a way to reap the health benefits of dark chocolate without the calories.

Scientists at Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston are launching a large study to see if chocolate pills can help prevent heart attack and stroke.

The study will use technology created by the Mars candy company to extract nutrients from cocoa in high concentrations and put them into capsules.

Researchers will track the heart health and cardiac events of 18,000 men and women who will be given either dummy pills or two cocoa capsules a day for four years.

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