How to Eat Chocolate Without the Guilt

How to Eat Chocolate Without the Guilt

For many so-called chocoholics, there’s always an excuse to indulge in their favorite treat. Fortunately, enjoying chocolate doesn’t have to wait for a holiday and it doesn’t have to be unhealthy. Research has shown chocolate can actually be a healthy food choice (for heart and brain health, especially) – if you don’t go overboard. The key is knowing what kind of chocolate is the healthiest and how much is too much. The Healthy and Not-So-Healthy Side of Chocolate While researchers are still looking into exactly what compounds in chocolate may promote good health, the findings so far should make chocolate lovers smile. Chocolate is made through an intricate process involving harvesting, fermenting and roasting cocoa beans – and cocoa appears to be the key to its health benefits. Scientists have found that cocoa flavonols, a distinct class of naturally occurring compounds called flavonoids found in plant-based foods, can positively influence the body’s vascular …

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