|Chocolates from my uncle.|
I have been too concern for adults because they think they can't eat or taste even the smallest portion of everybody'y favorite -chocolate.
Chocolate lovers will be delighted to know that their favorite treat also boasts health benefits - how sweet is that? Research, although preliminary, supports the view that antioxidant flavonoids called flavanols, which are found in chocolate, may be associated with a reduced risk of cardiovascular disease. They decreases the stickiness of our blood and keep our arteries flexible. (All chocoholics, please cheer now!)
Alas, there is a catch: not all chocolate is created equal. Some chocolate products contain essentially no flavanoids, while others are packed with them. How can you tell the chocolate heroes from the nutritional loosers? In general, the darker the chocolate, the higher the flavanoid content. So be sure you look for dark or bittersweet chocolate.
OK, you're thinking great news about the flavanoids, but what about the saturated fats we see on the label? That's a bad fat, right? How can that be heart healthy? According to Penny Kris-Etherton of Pennsylvania Sate University in State College, Pa., a leading researcher in this field, the saturated fat in chocolate is predominately stearic acid, which does not raise blood cholesterol.
One thing to keep in mind as you're bailing veggies in your grocery cart to make room for good-for-you chocolate: this food of the gods is still packed with empty calories. Its best enjoyed with a little moderation on the side.
Questions for the readers:
1. What is your favorite chocolate brand?
2. How much chocolate do you eat?
3. Do you consider chocolate good for your health? (before you have read this post)