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Is Chocolate The Next Superfood?

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Studies show that modest amounts–no more than 1 to 2 ounces–eaten every day can reduce risk of blood clots, lower blood pressure, increase endurance & improve skin quality. Here is the catch: We are talking about *dark* chocolate, not the regular milk chocolate.

Milk chocolate or white chocolate (the latter isn’t even real chocolate) won’t do. While both contain some of the beneficial polyphenols (though in lower amounts than dark chocolate), preliminary data suggest that the presence of milk in the chocolate somehow mitigates the effectiveness of the polyphenols.

Learn what makes dark chocolate a superfood:

Researchers found the antioxidant activity of dark chocolate and cocoa powder was equivalent to or higher than that found in some other so-called “super fruit” powders or juices, including acai berry, blueberry, cranberry, and pomegranate.

Researchers say it’s important to note that the cocoa powders, cocoa beverages, and dark chocolate used in the study contained natural or non-alkalized cocoa. Alkalization is a process used to mellow the flavor of cocoa, but it also destroys the polyphenolic compounds. (source)

Make sure you eat chocolate 70% or higher and remember, even dark chocolate still contains calories and fat, so please use in moderation. Don’t eat more than 3oz (85g) which can be 450 calories.

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