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18,000 volunteers to test 'chocolate pills'

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BOSTON (KTTC) -- There may soon be a way to reap the 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 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.

But researchers say don't try to create this experiment at home.

You'd have to eat thousands of candy bars a day to get the amount of nutrients being tested in this study.

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