Tuesday, May 8, 2007

Chocolate for Mother's Day

A gift from and for the heart.

Dark chocolate is rich in polyphenol antioxidants – phytochemicals found naturally in the cocoa bean. The antioxidant properties have been demonstrated in numerous studies, both in the laboratory as well as in human trials.

Dark chocolate has also been shown to inhibit platelet reactivity, which may reduce the formation of clots.

The polyphenol’s antioxidant activity is related to the foods with which it is consumed. Dairy has been shown in the lab to decrease the antioxidant activity of polypehnols at the cellular level. This likely explains why the health benefits of chocolate are observed in dark chocolate and cocoa powder, while not in milk chocolate and white chocolate.

Dark chocolate is not a health food. It is a delicious delight with some beneficial health properties. The health benefits are greatest in chocolate that is at least 60% cocoa. It is not recommended to look to dark chocolate to supply your needed antioxidants, any more than it is recommended to look to red wine.

Dark chocolate is an indulgence to enjoy in moderation.

Share some with mom, she deserves it.

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