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Harvard researchers found that of 7,800 men who participated in a study, those who ate candy one to three times a month lived longer than those who almost never ate candy. The researchers didn't ask what kind of candy the men ate, but they speculated that many chose chocolate. If that's true, the explanation for the results of the study may be that a 1.5 ounce piece of chocolate contains the same amount of the heart-protecting antioxidant phenol as a glass of red wine. Consumption of red wine has been shown to lower your risk of coronary heart disease, although there's as yet no such proof for chocolate. In the Harvard study, eating candy more often was not as beneficial.
(Source: Mayo Clinic website – www.mayoclinic.com)