From SAGA magazine.
Chocoholics can now nibble on their favourite treat without feeling guilty because it could actually have health-giving properties.
The secret is revealed to be naturally occurring substances in chocolate that may offer some degree of protection against heart disease and related circulatory disorders.
Many studies have shown that food rich in flavonals, found in plant-based foods such as apples, onions, peanuts and cranberries as well as in red wine and chocolate, can help to maintain cardiovascular health.
Now evidence is accumulating that chocolate is particularly rich in larger flavonoid molecules, the complex oligomers. It also appears to have a higher anti-oxidant activity than red wine – a study at King’s College London found that 50g of dark chocolate contains as many flavonoids as six apples, two glasses of wine or seven onions.
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