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Anoka, MN
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Monticello, MN
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Edina, MN
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Little Canada, MN
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Anoka, MN
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St Cloud, MN
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Dark Indulgence

How else would you describe a substance that guards against the most serious
health threats—heart disease and cancer—yet also appeals to gourmet tastes?
Olive oil, as researchers and consumers are discovering, is worth
its weight in nutritional gold.

By Joanne Gallo

February 2006

Consuming M&Ms by the bagful isn’t going to help your heart—but occasional snacking on chocolate with a high cocoa content can. Researchers extol the health benefits of dark chocolate, but quality and moderation are key to reaping its rich rewards.

It’s always a joy to find out that one of your favorite, formerly forbidden foods can actually be good for you. The Mediterranean Diet brings red wine back into your life because it’s high in antioxidants. The French Paradox says go ahead, have a little cheese—it has calcium, and after all, the French don’t get fat.

And then...the new Chocolate Contradiction comes along and proposes that one of the most sinful treats around can benefit your heart. And your mood. And, in spite of the rumors, it won’t make zits sprout on your face.

You’re only too eager to eat that up. But exactly how far can you take your love of chocolate—and can you really justify having Almond Joys on a regular basis?

The sweet news is that clinical investigations are discovering the healthful benefits of dark chocolate—and they’re not all sponsored by Hershey. Increasing amounts of research show that although chocolate can have large amounts of both fat and sugar, it also contains cardio-protective flavonols, a type of plant-based antioxidant that lowers blood pressure and cholesterol levels, as well as decreasing the risk of heart attack and stroke.

Hot Chocolate

Chocolate is like the new kid in town—it has generated a lot of excitement and gotten tongues wagging, but it’s hard to distinguish the rumors from fact. Here’s a quick rundown on the latest research and health benefits of dark chocolate not pertaining to the heart.
∗The Acne Myth: Spotty skin has long been blamed on chocolate consumption, but that’s been found to be a false assumption. Researchers at the University of Pennsylvania discovered that the average acne condition of persons eating chocolate was virtually the same as those who ate no chocolate.
∗Cough Suppressant: Researchers at Imperial College in London found that 1,000 mg of theobromine, a component of dark chocolate, was 33% more effective at preventing coughing than codeine cough suppressant, with no side effects. The researchers believe theobromine inhibits the sensory nerve endings of the vagus nerve, which runs through the airways in the lungs to the brain (American Societies for Experimental Biology Journal, February 2005).
∗Diabetes: The body’s ability to metabolize sugar—the main problem for people with diabetes—was improved when participants ate 3.5 ounces of dark chocolate every day for 15 days, thanks to its flavonol content (American Journal of Clinical N...

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