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Healthy Food Friday!

on June 10, 2011

Yippee!! The healthy food of the day is CHOCOLATE!  This doesn’t mean you can go crazy with the candy bars, but dark chocolate in moderation has some great benefits.

Dark chocolate has the highest antioxidant content of any food.  A number of studies show that people who eat or drink dark chocolate have demonstrated health protected benefits, including increased HDL (the good stuff), and reduced LDL (the bad stuff). It has also been shown to lower blood pressure in older adults.

The darker the chocolate, the higher the antioxidant level, although this level varies by how it is processed.  Chocolate also contains mood-altering substances though a link beteween eating chocolate and feeling good is not scientifically proven, it sure makes us feel good!

But, this news is not a  license to go on a chocolate binge. Just remember to balance the calories. A 100-gram serving of Hershey’s Special Dark Chocolate Bar has 531 calories-if you ate that much raw apple you’d only take in 52 calories.

 If health is your excuse for eating chocolate, remember the word “moderation” as you nibble. Don’t replace other healthy foods with chocolate, but if you need something sweet- grab a square or two and enjoy!

Add a glass of red wine for even more antioxidants!

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