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Guilt-Free Chocolate?
April 29, 2010, 2:33 am
Filed under: Antioxidants

Chocolate is one of the world’s favorite foods, but can eating chocolate really be good for your health? I’m happy to confirm that this sweet treat has been proven to have beneficial effects on health. The main ingredient in chocolate is cocoa, which contains compounds called flavonoids and polyphenols.  These compounds have been shown to have antioxidant effects in the body, assisting with the prevention of cancer and heart disease.

It is important to recognize that it is the cocoa in chocolate that contains antioxidants and not the other ingredients, such as milk, butter and sugar. So the higher the cocoa content, the more antioxidant benefits it will have. Dark chocolate has the most cocoa and milk chocolate has the least, while white chocolate has no cocoa at all.

If you’re hoping for health benefits from chocolate, make sure to look for dark chocolate with at least 60% cocoa and only indulge in small amounts (1 oz or less per day). To maximize the antioxidant potential of your food, don’t forget to eat a well balanced diet with plenty of fruits and vegetables!

This information was brought to you by OC Nutrition, Your Trusted Source for Health & Nutrition Advice. OC Nutrition offers nutrition counseling services over the phone or in person in Irvine, Orange, Anaheim Hills, Chino, Glendora and Long Beach. If you have any questions or would like to schedule an appointment, please contact:

Kristy L. Richardson, MS, MPH, RD, CSSD, CHES
Registered Dietitian & Exercise Physiologist
(949) 933-6788

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