Sunday, February 10, 2008

Benefits of Eating Chocolate???

Most people have heard that chocolate is good for you. But now, the medical journal Lancet is bursting the chocolate bubble.

Just in time for the holidays, a Lancet editorial published today notes that there won’t be a “truffle treatment” for heart disease any time soon. In fact, the editors point out that the very thing that makes chocolate good for you — the antioxidants called flavanols – also make chocolate taste bitter. As a result, confectionery makers often take out the flavanols, stripping the chocolate of its main health-promoting properties. Worse, labels usually don’t tell you whether your chocolate comes with or without flavanols, making it tough to know if a particular piece of chocolate has any health benefits at all.


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