Has redemption finally come for Chocoholics ?
Chocolate.Could any one ingredient be more glorius ? Doubtful. Chocolate inspires nearly everyone, from the youngest child to the oldest grandfather.Here's what you need to know to get the most from your chocolate experience. After hundreds of scientific studies, there is no evidence that chocolate is an immediate cause for obesity. The total number of calories consumed, the digestion of those calories and the balance consumption of proteins, carbohydrates and fats play the predominant role in the prevention of obesity.
At last comes news to sweeten the sorrow. As it turns out, chocolate may be good for you. A slew of recent studies have shown that this gastronomical delight, long disdained for its fat and sugar, is packed with antioxidants, molecules that seem to protect against heart disease and cancer.
Antioxidants move through the body soaking up free radicals--substances that, when left unchecked, can damage cells, leading to disease. It has long been known that people who eat antioxidant-rich diets have lower rates of cardiovascular disease and cancer. Until recently, though, the bulk of antioxidants were thought to come from traditional good-for-you foods like fruits and vegetables. Then tea and red wine were unearthed as potent sources of antioxidants. Now it's chocolate's turn for the limelight.