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Chocolates Are Good for You — But Not the Whole Box

by Janet Hackert, Regional Health Education Specialist

The holidays often involve sweet treats, including chocolate. Research shows that the flavanols in dark chocolate and cocoa may have health benefits, but only if consumed in moderation.

Dark chocolate and cocoa contain a greater amount of plant-based nutrients, or phytonutrients, called flavanols, than do other forms of chocolate. In fact, these compounds have a bitter flavor and give the darker chocolates and

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