Chocolate is Better for you Than Fruit!

A recent study found that Chocolate is better for you than Fruit. This finding comes out just in time for Valentine’s Day. No need to feel guilty now, go ahead, indulge in that luscious, creamy chocolate this February 14th.

Here’s the report plus check back tomorrow for a simple and satisfyng Chocolate Truffle Recipe you can make for you & your honey this Valentine’s Day.

Chocolate health compounds revealed(UKPA) – 1 day ago

Chocolate contains more healthy plant compounds, gram-for-gram, than fruit juice, a study has found.

Scientists compared cocoa powder, the raw ingredient of chocolate, and powders made from fruit.

They found that the cocoa had a greater content of flavanols, health-giving plant chemicals, and more antioxidant capacity.

Comparisons were also made between single servings of dark chocolate, cocoa, hot chocolate mix, and fruit juices.

The research again showed that both dark chocolate and cocoa had more antioxidant activity and more flavanols than fruit.

But hot chocolate contained few healthy ingredients due to processing.

Antioxidants, which include flavanols, neutralise destructive molecules called free radicals and are believed to combat heart disease and cancer.

The research, conducted by scientists at the Hershey Centre for Health & Nutrition, in Pennsylvania, US, appears in the Chemistry Central Journal.

Lead author Dr Debra Millar and colleagues wrote: “Natural cocoa powder and dark chocolate have significantly greater TF (total flavanol) values than the other fruit powders and juices tested, respectively.

“Cocoa powder… provides nutritive value beyond that derived from its macronutrient composition. Cacao seeds should be considered a ‘super fruit’ and products derived from cacao seed extracts, such as natural cocoa powder and dark chocolate, as ‘super foods’.”

Of course, we do know that fruit is great for our bodies. So why not combine the two this Valentine’s Day by making Chocolate Fondue and dipping all sorts of fruit into it. Then you’ll have the best of both worlds!

Chocolate & Fruit – YUM!!!

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