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Chocolate is Health Food

Researchers have terrific news for chocolate lovers: Chocolate is good for you! Scientists are reporting evidence of cocoa and dark chocolate providing many health benefits, including reducing blood pressure and cholesterol (see this study in particular). Because cocoa beans contain plant chemicals called flavonols, an antioxidant, data on chocolate has been included in the USDA's National Nutrient Database, which lists the levels of flavonoids in all foods that provide health benefits. Isn't it nice to see chocolate listed next to the fruits and vegetables your mother told you to eat? See intro article in Agricultural Research magazine.

New research suggests that chocolate is good for your heart in more ways than one. It turns out that chocolate contains Phenylethylamine, which has been shown to relieve depression (see this study).

For centuries, chocolate has been used to treat diseases and maladies, beginning with the Olmec, Maya and Mexica (Aztec) and spreading through Europe by the mid 1500s (see Food of the gods: cure for humanity?.)

The U.S. government officially recognized its virtues in World War II, making the chocolate candy bar standard issue for the military. In addition to antioxidants, chocolate contains vitamins A, B1, C, D, and E, as well as potassium, sodium, iron, and fluorine.

The Healthiest Chocolate
When it comes to health benefits, however, all chocolates are not the same. The darker chocolate with the most concentrated cocoa is the most beneficial. Science has found that dark chocolate is higher in flavonoids than milk chocolate. Eating chocolates containing a minimum 70% cocoa solids is the healthiest way to satisfy your craving.

All of Nantucket Clipper's dark chocolate is high in cocoa solids (our Cocoa buttons are 72% chocolate) and none of our chocolates contain trans fats. When you send Nantucket Clipper chocolates you can be sure you are truly giving a gift from the heart and for the heart.

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