As a health and fitness expert I have always advocated the concept of reward – a little indulgence, a treat for the hard work and discipline that goes with being fit. And it was that motivation that led to my becoming a Dove distributor. Another factor was that there is some really good news about chocolate.
In fact, if you are a chocolate lover like moi, it’s the greatest health news ever! Studies in two leading health and nutrition journals say dark chocolate is good for you.
Antioxidants in Dark Chocolate
Dark chocolate — but not milk chocolate or dark chocolate eaten with milk — is a potent antioxidant, reports Mauro Serafini, PhD, of Italy’s National Institute for Food and Nutrition Research in Rome, and colleagues. Their report appears in the Aug. 28 issue of Nature. Antioxidants gobble up free radicals, destructive molecules that are implicated in heart disease and other ailments.
“Our findings indicate that milk may interfere with the absorption of antioxidants from chocolate … and may therefore negate the potential health benefits that can be derived from eating moderate amounts of dark chocolate.”
WebMD: Translation: Say “Dark, please,” when ordering at the chocolate counter. Don’t even think of washing it down with milk. And if health is your excuse for eating chocolate, remember the word “moderation” as you nibble.
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