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January 25, 2021 • Healthy Eating & Nutrition

A Truly Healthy Dessert: Dark Chocolate

Indeed, I consider high quality dark chocolate (60% or greater cocoa content) an excellent desert choice and recommend it as a truly healthy way to satisfy one’s sweet tooth.  Dark chocolate continues to score one scientific triumph after another, including studies that show it can boost brain power, elevate mood and improve cardiovascular health.

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We now recognize that dark chocolate and its cousin cocoa are teaming with bioactive compounds including super-potent antioxidant plant chemicals called flavanols.  Flavanols improve the function of the cells lining our arteries which enhances blood flow.

In theory, dark chocolate’s robust antioxidant activity may provide broad spectrum disease protection, including lowing cancer risk as oxidation is involved in the development of most chronic diseases, including many cancers. When the cookie monster comes calling, my best advice is to enjoy a prudent portion (1/2 – 1 oz.) of the highest cacao content of dark chocolate that your palette accepts.


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