2.14.2011

Chocolate Is a Super Fruit

Happy Valentine's Day! While chocolate and flowers are a popular gift this time of year, here's one reason why indulging in a piece or two of chocolate can actually be super good for you!

New research published in the Chemistry Central Journal found that chocolate is a rich source of antioxidants and contains more polyphenols and flavanols than fruit juice. In fact, when comparing the antioxidant activity in cocoa powder and fruit powders, researchers found that, gram per gram, there was more antioxidant capacity, and a greater total flavanol content, in cocoa powder. Just remember to grab the dark stuff, as it has the most nutritional bang for your bite!

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