Chocolate Is Good For You

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Chocolate Is Good For You

  1. 1. Chocolate 'is good for you' .. <ul><li>How ? </li></ul>
  2. 3. Chocolate may be better for your health than tea because it contains more of a chemical that could prevent cancer and heart disease, researchers have said. <ul><li>The findings follow earlier research revealing that moderate chocolate consumption offers health benefits. </li></ul>
  3. 4. The new research measures the amount of catechins - the chemical thought to be behind the benefits - in different types of chocolate. <ul><li>The substance is also found in tea - leading the researchers to recommend a cup of tea with a chocolate biscuit as one way to help maintain good health. </li></ul>
  4. 5. Chemical diet <ul><li>The researchers, from Holland's National Institute of Public Health and Environment, published their findings in The Lancet medical journal. </li></ul>
  5. 6. Dr Ilja Arts and colleagues examined the chemical compounds in a range of foods and discovered that catechins are found in chocolate. <ul><li>Up until now tea was thought to contain the largest amount but the new research indicates that dark chocolate has four times as many. </li></ul>
  6. 7. Catechins are believed to protect against heart disease and cancer and so eating products that contain them could have health benefits. <ul><li>In the UK, where more than £3.5bn is spent on chocolate each year - the research is likely to be welcomed by those with a sweet tooth although dentists may be less pleased. </li></ul>
  7. 8. Tea and biscuits <ul><li>Dark chocolate had 53.5mg of catechins per 100g, milk chocolate contained 1 5.9mg per 100g, and the black tea infusion contained only 13.9mg per 100ml. </li></ul>
  8. 9. In a later survey, the researchers found that in a sample of 6250 men and women, tea was the most important source of catechins, accounting for 55% of total intake. <ul><li>Chocolate contributed to 20% of the total intake of catechins. </li></ul>
  9. 10. The researchers said : <ul><li>&quot;Drinking a cup of tea and eating a chocolate cookie might be not only enjoyable but healthy as well.&quot; </li></ul>
  10. 11. Regards : <ul><li>From : Captain </li></ul>

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