CHOCOLATE MAY DO MORE THAN CURE A SWEET TOOTH

There is good news from Tufts University – in addition to its fabulous melt-in-your-mouth taste, it seems that dark chocolate also has an array of other healthy benefits.

This luscious treat is not only rich in antioxidants known as flavonoids, but also contains magnesium and fiber. In a study of 10 men and 10 women researchers found that daily consumption of 3 ounces of dark chocolate lowered blood pressure by 10 %. It also increased the body’s sensitivity to insulin.

All chocolate is not created equal, however. White chocolate and milk chocolate did not exhibit the same healthy properties. As always, moderation is the key. Chocolate is still high in calories, but should you have a yen for a piece or two of chocolaty goodness you can indulge knowing you are reaping some healthy benefits at the same time.

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