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A Chocolate a Day?

(Katherine Tallmadge, M.A., R.D., LiveScience) The flavanols in cocoa help people maintain a healthy vascular system, relax blood vessels, reduce blood clotting (an aspirin-like affect), reduce oxidative damage and improve blood flow. A study in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition found cocoa also reduces inflammation. All of which reduces heart disease risk…
If you're eating chocolate for health benefits, you'll need to be very discriminating in your selections.
First, you'll get more flavanols, and therefore health benefits, with less processing. The first choice is cocoa, which isn't Dutch processed. When cocoa is "Dutch processed with alkali" the flavanols are reduced.
Second, look for chocolate which has the highest percentage of cocoa possible, and to save calories, look for chocolate with lower fat and sugar levels.
Community: You don’t have to have added sugar with your chocolate. You can put a half teaspoon of dark cocoa powder in your morning coffee.
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