oa South African Journal of Clinical Nutrition - Cocoa, flavanols and cardiovascular health : what are the public health implications?

Volume 18, Issue 2
  • ISSN : 1607-0658
  • E-ISSN: 2221-1268



Epidemiological evidence linking flavonoid consumption and cardiovascular disease has accumulated over the past 15 years. Most of the studies have considered flavanols in tea and red wine as the main dietary sources, and have shown reduced prevalence of cardiovascular disease in those with a high flavanol intake.

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