|Dark Chocolate Boost|
It's the scientific research every chocoholic has been dying to hear. Dark chocolate and cocoa have more anti-oxidant capacity than fruit juice, according to a study released recently in the Chemistry Central Journal. Chocolate products also have more heart-healthy flavanols and polyphenol, the study found. The good news doesn't apply to hot cocoa mix, which is processed.
"When looking for a sweet snack, a square of dark chocolate might, in fact, be your healthiest choice," said Suzanne Steinbaum, a cardiologist at Lenox Hill Hospital in Manhattan. She wasn't surprised by the findings, noting the anti-oxidants keep arteries in tip-top shape and help prevent heart disease. The study, conducted by the Hershey Company, compared cocoa powder and products with fruit-based powders and juices.
The differences between pomegranate juice and dark chocolate weren't significant, researchers found. Still, dark chocolate exceeded other juices in the anti-oxidant test.
"Cacao seeds should be considered a 'superfruit' and products derived from cacao seed extracts, such as natural cocoa powder and dark chocolate, as 'superfoods,'" the researchers said.
Dark chocolate long has been touted for its health benefits, including lowering blood pressure.
So grab a piece of dark organic chocolate and wash it down with pomegranate juice!
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