Chocolate lovers frequently cite evidence that consumption of this sweet treat is actually good for you. What are the facts?
Chocolate contains flavonoids, the same sort of antioxidants found in red wine. According to MSNBC.com
, "The flavonoids in chocolate that laboratory studies demonstrate to have powerful antioxidant effects are called flavanols and procyanidins. These two compounds come from the flavonoid 'family' that includes resveratrol, found in grape juice, and EGCG, found in green tea. When people consume these substances in chocolate and cocoa, the antioxidant status of their blood increases." Antioxidants protect the heart and blood vessels, and also protect against DNA damage at the cellular level.
REASONS FOR SKEPTICISM:
Before you spend your whole afternoon watching soaps and inhaling Hershey (Stock Quote: HSY
) chocolate bars, remember that chocolate is fattening and can contain a lot of sugar. Go for dark and bittersweet chocolate varieties, as opposed to milk chocolate.
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