Researchers at Cornell University have shown that a cup of hot cocoa contains more antioxidants than a cup of wine or tea. Antioxidants are chemicals that have been shown to fight cancer, heart disease and aging, and are important for a healthy body.
A cup of black tea, green tea, a glass of red wine and a cup of hot chocolate were compared. The hot cocoa had the highest concentration of antioxidants - twice as much as in a glass of red wine, and 4 times as much as black tea.
You can get the antioxidants in other foods that contain cocoa such as chocolate, but you should opt for the hot cocoa to keep your intake of saturated fat low.
Wow, and I thought hot cocoa was just for the ski lodge.
Fit's Tips: Hot cocoa packets contain a lot of extra ingredients. Try making your own healthier version using cocoa powder and skim or soy milk. And don't forget to warm it up - it triggers the release of more antioxidents.