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Immune health and the Dark (chocolate) Side

Posted Jul 23 2010 11:36am

My family recently completed a “30 Sugar-Free Days” campaign, where we all tried to eat fruits, veggies, lean meat, no breads and products with no processed sugar. One of the foods allowed in this regimen was dark chocolate.  Hence, we’ve had dark chocolate bars–72% cacao–in our house regularly over the past month.

A lot has been written about health benefits of dark chocolate. What about immune health benefits? Here’s some consumer information that’s a good, quick read .  Another source lays out the case for a number of health benefits , but admonishes us to steer clear of milk chocolate. Milk chocolate doesn’t count as a healthy food, and is just as junky as any other junk food.

Here’s a pretty informative video about chocolate. Basic advice: go dark (over 70% cacao content), choose lowest possible sugar, don’t eat too much at one time….a square or two, not a whole bar every day.

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