Nuts, Chocolate and Cardiovascular Health - FIT153

Nuts, Chocolate and Cardiovascular Health

by Ellen Coleman, MA, MPH, RD, CSSD and Susan McQuillan, MS, RD
(4.7 / 20 ratings )

This course is credentialed for:
Fitness (0.10 CEU)

Price: $29.00
CE-PRO Price: $14.50


The likelihood that a brownie with nuts could be good for your heart seems counterintuitive. Yet evidence suggests that both cocoa and tree nuts can indeed help prevent coronary heart disease (CHD), which is the leading cause of death in the United States. The cardioprotective mechanisms involve lowering cholesterol, reducing inflammation and oxidative stress, regulating blood pressure, and improving endothelial function and insulin resistance. This course will explore why nuts and cocoa are heart healthy and how to incorporate them into a heart-healthy diet.


This nuts, chocolate and cardiovascular health continuing education program will provide guidelines for dietitians, fitness professionals, health educators, nurses, pharmacists and radiologic technologists on how to incorporate nuts and chocolate into a heart-healthy diet. After reading the article, the participant will be able to:
  • Discuss three ways in which consumption of tree nuts may reduce the risk of developing coronary heart disease
  • Explain three ways in which cocoa intake may reduce the risk of developing CHD
  • Illustrate how chocolate and nuts can be incorporated into a heart-healthy diet

Accreditation Information
This course is intended for multiple professions, including dietitians, health educators, fitness professionals, nurses, physicians, and imaging and readiation technologists.
Fitness professionals: Take this version of the course to ensure you receive appropriate credit.
For the version accredited or approved for another profession, go to your specific profession at or If you have a CE Direct login ID and password (generally provided by your employer), please log in as you normally would at and search for this topic title.
OnCourse Learning is recognized by the American Council on Exercise as a Continuing Education Specialist (provider #250164). This course is approved for 0.1 ACE CEC.
OnCourse Learning is recognized by the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) Certification Committee as an approved provider of continuing education (provider #A1074). This course is approved for 0.2 CEU of continuing education for the CSCS & NSCA-CPT.
The American College of Sports Medicine’s Professional Education Committee certifies that OnCourse Learning meets the criteria for official ACSM Approved Provider status from 2013 to December 2019 (provider #730441). This course is approved for 1.0 ACSM CEC. ACSM approved providership of these programs does not imply endorsement of the sponsoring organization’s products/services.

Course Originally Released on: 11/19/2012
Date of Most Recent Review: 9/30/2015
Course Termination/Update Date: 9/30/2018

Unless stated above, the planners and authors of this course have declared no relevant conflicts of interest that relate to this educational activity. OnCourse Learning guarantees this educational activity is free from bias.

Please see CE Course Instructions to learn how to earn CE credit for this module.

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Karen R - Cary, NC  ·  Apr 30, 2019
love chocolate and nuts, great to read all this
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Louis D - Wyoming, PA  ·  May 24, 2018
New things to learn about the relationship between nuts, chocolate, and CHD. However, there is a lot of memorization that I think is unnecessary and distracting.
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Nancy A - Universal City, TX  ·  Apr 03, 2018
This course was very informative and educational. It pulled information from multiple studies and presented in a organized fashion.
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Courtney E - Belvidere, IL  ·  Jul 20, 2017
good information of the benefits
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Samuel S - Calhoun, GA  ·  Jan 09, 2017
Too many questions about study data
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