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Jun. 15, 2009
Chocolate = Health Food
It is no myth, just our good fortune, that some chocolate can be good for you!

Dark chocolate is rich in fiber, magnesium and antioxidants. Chocolate is one of the richest food sources of naturally occurring antioxidants known as flavonoids. Dark chocolate can provide you with a mood boost and a dose of prevention when it comes to long-term health benefits such maintaining a normal blood pressure and reducing inflammation for a healthier heart well into adulthood.

As in all things, practice moderation with your chocolate consumption. Enjoy it, delight in every flavorful morsel, just don’t over do it as you may blow the benefit it just gave you. I know I tend to over-use this word moderation but it is only because I care.

Not ever to be forgotten, fruit, tea, and vegetables also contain wondrous amounts of flavonoids and other important nutrients. Adding a small amount of chocolate can collectively boost overall nutrition, but a bite is all it takes. Chocolate does contain a lot of calories half of which come from fat, but let its pure pleasure blur that image from your brain right now. Poof!

Posted by:
Tara, the RD
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