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Topic Reading-Vol.2510-2/24/2019

Dear MEL Topic Readers,
Is dark chocolate good for you?
Do you like chocolate of any kind? If yes, what type of chocolate do you usually eat, milk, while or dark?
While chocolate is often considered negatively because of its high fat and sugar content and association with acne and obesity, researches now show that it has health benefits, such as lowering cholesterol levels, reducing the risk of cardiovascular problems, and preventing cognitive decline.
However, not all chocolates are equal. What you want to eat is cocoa, not sugar or other ingredients. The darker the chocolate looks and the bitterer the taste is, the higher the concentration of cocoa is thus, the more health benefits can be enjoyed. That is dark chocolate. Usually, dark chocolate contains 70% or higher cocoa, which contains a variety of chemicals, including antioxidants called flavonoids. It is not clear how these might work in the body, but they appear to cause relaxation of veins. This could lead to lower blood pressure. These compounds might also reduce the activity of chemicals in the body that promote inflammation or blockage of blood vessels. And there are more benefits that might justify another piece or bar of chocolate for a snack or dessert.
Will dark chocolate prevent or deter someone from going to the dark side?
Enjoy reading and learn what you get from dark chocolate.

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