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In Defense of Dark Chocolate (small amounts)

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  • carmen_cebs
    In The Spectrum: A Scientifically Proven Program to Feel Better, Live Longer, Lose Weight, and Gain Health, Dr. Dean Ornish begins by describing his daily
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      In The Spectrum: A Scientifically Proven Program to Feel Better,
      Live Longer, Lose Weight, and Gain Health, Dr. Dean Ornish begins by
      describing his daily consumption of "really fat gourmet dark
      chocolate." He explains that dark chocolate is rich in flavonols
      and catechins, which may reduce the risk of heart disease, improve
      blood flow, and lower blood pressure. Dark chocolate (but not white
      chocolate or milk chocolate) is high in protective substances called
      flavonols. Flavonols cause your arteries to produce more of a
      substance called "S-nitrosoglutathione," which is converted to
      nitric oxide. Nitric oxide relaxes your arteries and lowers your
      blood pressure. He lists dark chocolate (small amounts) under Group
      2 More-Healthful Choices. However, because chocolate (unprocessed
      cacao is rather bitter-tasting so sugar's added) is usually high in
      fat and sugar as well a flavonols, he suggests that we enjoy small
      amounts of chocolate.

      Read Dr. Ornish's "Chocolate to Live For!" at
      http://www.newsweek.com/id/71545
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