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bFACT1CMONGETHAPPYbbrbrChocolatehasapositiveeffectonbrainchemistryandisknowntoimproveonesmood.Scientificresearchtellsusthateatingchocolatetriggersthereleaseofendorphinsnaturalopiatesinthebrainknowntoreducepainandenhanceonesmoodandsenseofpleasure.brbrSoeatingchocolatetrulyisoneoflifespleasures.NowonderthenthatmorewomenreportedlypreferchocolatetosexbrbrbFACT2GOODHEALTHINCHOCOLATEbbrbrChocolatedoeshavenutritionalvaluecontainingarangeofnutrientsnecessaryforgoodhealth.A50gmblockofmilkchocolateprovidesbrbr0.65mgzinc5recommendeddietaryintakebr0.75mgiron10RDIformen5forwomenbr125mgcalcium15RDIbr0.3mgriboflavin17RDIbr28mgmagnesium8RDIbr1.2mgniacin6RDIbrbrIfyourelookingtoincreaseyourcalciumintakeconsideraddingmilkchocolatetoyourdiet.Milkchocolatecontainsuptofivetimesmorecalciumthandarkchocolatebecauseofthemilkcontent.brbrbFACT3TAKEHEARTEATCHOCOLATEbbrbrInrecenttimesscientificevidencehasbeenuncoveredthatprovesthereisdefinitelyaplaceforchocolateinourdaytodaydiet.brbrImportantlynolinkbetweenchocolateandcoronaryheartdiseasehasbeenfound.Infactsomeexpertsfeelthatchocolatemayinsomecaseshelppreventheartdisease.brbrWealreadyknowthatchocolatehasnoeffectonbloodcholesterollevels.brbrbFACT4EATINGCHOCOLATEDOESNTMAKEYOUFATbbrbrOneofthebiggestmythssurroundingchocolateisthateatingitmakesyoufat.WRONGbrbrThetruthisnosinglefoodcanbecalledfatteningitistheamountconsumedthatwilldeterminewhetheritcontributestobodyfat.brbrTheAustralianGuidetoHealthyEatingfromtheCommonwealthDeptofHealth1998statesthatmostpeoplecaneatsmallamountsofextrafoodsaspartofahealthydietindicatingthatchocolatehasitsplaceinhealthyeating.brbrbFACT5CHOCOLATEIDEALFORTHOSEONTHEGObbrbrChocolatecontainscarbohydratesandisidealasahighenergysnackfoodespeciallyforthoseparticipatinginoutdoorsactivitiessuchashikingcyclingandrockclimbing.brbrItisoftenrecommendedasahighperformancesnackforactivesportsmenandwomen.brChocolateisbelievedtostimulatethereleaseofendorphinsinthebodynaturalchemicalsthathelpblockpainandgeneratefeelingsofeuphoria.brbrNosinglefoodcanbecalledfatteningitistheamountconsumedthatcontributestobodyfat.Rememberthatfoodisonlyhalftheequationexerciseandactivityarealsocrucialtocontrollingbodyfat.brbrbFACT6EATCHOCOLATEFORBETTERHEALTHbbrbrItsoundstoogoodtobetrueForbetterhealthdrinkwineandeatchocolateYesandhereswhy.brbrCocoathebasecomponentofchocolatecontainssignificantamountsofantioxidantssimilartothosefoundinredwine.ResearchrecentlyconductedintheUSAindicatesthat40gofmilkchocolatecontainsasmanyantioxidantsasaglassofredwine.Theseantioxidantsareknowntoreducetheriskofheartdiseasebypreventingthebuildupoffattydepositsincoronaryarteries.brbrWealsoknowthatantioxidantscanhelpthebodyresistcommondegenerativeageingdiseasessuchascancer.brbrbFACT7CHOCOLATEISAZITFREEZONEbbrbrItisaclichtoattributepoorskinconditionstodiet.Pimplesarecommonlylinkedtopoordietwithchocolateoftentakingashareoftheblame.Whatisknownisthattheunderlyingcauseofcommonacnepimplesishormonesnotfood.brbrThebodyssebaceousglandssecretesebumanoilysubstancethatflowsnaturallytothesurfaceoftheskin.Shouldthisflowbeblockedthesebumaccumulatestoformapimple.brbrThisisnotanewdiscovery.Researchsome30yearsagoconfirmedthateatingchocolatehadnothingtodowiththeappearanceofpimples.brbrbFACT8ANDDONTFORGETbbrbrThekeyofcourseistoeatchocolateinmoderationandaspartofabalanceddiet.brbrOhanddontforgettoexerciseregularlybrbrThisarticleisbroughttoyoubyleadingAccreditedPracticingDietitianGlennCardwellBScGradDipDietGradDipAppScAPD.brbrFormoreinformationonthebenefitsofeatingchocolatevisitwww.ilovechocolate.com.au


 



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