From Food Vice to Virtue
It's not easy to shed a "bad boy" reputation, but new research is helping these 10 former food baddies climb back into nutritional favor.
Rich in the same antioxidants found in red wine and green tea, cocoa–the prime ingredient in
chocolate–is putting a health halo around this sweet indulgence. Many research studies suggest that chocolate compounds called flavonols
relax blood vessels and improve blood flow to the heart. Two caveats: dark chocolate harbors the highest levels of flavonols.
And because chocolate comes packaged with fat and sugar, it's still an indulgence.
What it offers you: An ounce of dark chocolate has around 150 calories, nine grams of fat and lots of heart-healthy flavonols.
Recipe: Dark-Chocolate Soufflé Cake
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