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The Dark Side of Chocolate

I have reported all the good news on chocolate: it is full of heart protecting flavonoids, it lowers blood pressure, and it increases blood flow. I reported the good news, so it is only fair that I share with you the bad news as well. Unfortunately, its reputation as the new healthy food is being called into question.

A top Medical Journal says that many of the health claims are misleading. While it is true that plain chocolate is high in antioxidants, these plant chemicals also impart the chocolate with a bitter taste and are often removed during the manufacturing process. With the flavonoids removed, chocolate is just a decadent treat. The majority of chocolatiers do not list the antioxidant content of their chocolate. So, once again I remind you. Chocolate may or not may not be beneficial to your health, so please enjoy it in moderation.

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