Health Watch- Valentine's Day: Choosing Chocolate

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This week on Health Watch, we’re talking about getting ready for Valentine’s Day. By now, you’ve fixed up your face, made sure your hair and scalp are in fine form and rehearsed your serenade. All that’s left is picking up a box of chocolates. But which ones should you choose?

Just about all chocolate tastes good, but some of it is actually good for you. Chocolate is a good source of the anti-oxidant flavanol, which can help protect against heart disease. But making chocolate candy requires adding things such as fat and sugar. You’ll get more nutritional benefit from dark chocolate, which has less added milk or sugar. Lona Sandon, a registered dietitian at UT Southwestern Medical Center, says you’ll get the most nutritional benefit from a cup of dark hot chocolate. A cup of cocoa made from dark chocolate has the same heart-healthy benefits as a glass of red wine.

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February 2009

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