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By Joanne Gallo
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.