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April 02, 2004

Forget Calgon

Chocolate. . . take me away!

• Although saturated fat generally raises cholesterol, experts believe that the type of saturated fat in chocolate is heart healthy.
• Chocolate contains anti-oxidants that can help protect against heart disease and cancer.
• The carbohydrate in chocolate is used in the production of chemical messengers in the brain such as serotonin, which make us calm and relaxed.
• A bar of milk chocolate gives around 15% of you daily calcium requirement.
• Although chocolate is less likely to cause tooth decay than other sweets, it’s better to eat chocolate after a meal rather than between meals.
• Although chocolate is one of the most craved foods, particularly by women, it is not addictive.
• Chocolate is a surprising source of copper with one ounce of dark chocolate providing around 1/5 of our requirements. Copper is required for healthy bone formation and to help in wound healing.
• An ounce of dark chocolate provides over a tenth of our daily magnesium requirements. We need magnesium for efficient calcium absorption, proper muscle function and the production of serotonin, among hundreds of other functions. --MSNews


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This is just for those of you who are such neat eaters that you haven't had your RDA of skin/food contact. I'd be overdosing ;-]

Posted by: lenise at April 3, 2004 02:07 PM

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