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Live Long and Healthy with Chocolate

Friday, 23 Apr 2010 08:11 AM


Chocolate is no long a guilty indulgence, says Cal Orey, author of "The Healing Powers of Chocolate." Instead, dark chocolate is a super food that may be a key to living a long, healthy life.

"In the past decade, studies proved that dark chocolate has many virtues, and, in moderation, can help stave off heart disease and cancer," Orey told Newsmax.TV. "It can even help you stay slim.

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"There are 300 to 400 compounds in dark chocolate that can help you from head to toe, inside and outside of your body," said Orey, a health journalist who interviewed doctors, dietitians, and chocolatiers while researching her book.

In addition to life-threatening diseases, chocolate can also help with lesser ailments such as anxiety, depression, PMS, and seasonal affective disorder (SAD). "Just a little piece of chocolate can make you feel happier," she said.

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When choosing chocolate, dark is best. "Go for 60 to 70 percent cocoa content — the darker the better, because you get more antioxidants," Orey said. "They stall aging and lower the risk of disease.

"Because of chocolate's antioxidants, minerals, and vitamins, you can get the same benefits as in red wine and vegetables."

The key to adding chocolate's benefits to your diet is portion control, says Orey. Aim for 1 to 1.5 ounces of chocolate each day "Have one or two truffles or a small piece of dark chocolate cake."

Orey says eating chocolate on a regular basis can add years to your life by keeping the ailments of aging, such as heart disease and diabetes, at bay. "I believe that eating dark chocolate could extend your life by at least five years."





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