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Beautiful Sweets
(866) 386-4438
27 C Utter Ave
Hawthorne, NJ

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Rose City Chocolatier
(866) 236-0707
516 Main Street
Boonton, NJ

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12 W 27th St 6th Fl
New York, NY

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Gnu Foods, LLC
(877) 703-1085
1123 Broadway Suite 310
New York, NY

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The Rabbit Hole Bakeshop
(973) 207-1080
15 Laurel Street
Morris Plains, NJ

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YummyEarth LLC
(201) 857-8489
38 E Ridgewood Ave #385
Ridgewood, NJ

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(917) 847-7775
102 West 87th Street, #1N
New York, NY

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La Vita Health Foods inc.
(845) 368-1073
257 Route 59
Suffern, NY

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didi's baking for health
(212) 505-2232
334 east 14th street
New York, NY

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125 Second Street
Brooklyn, NY

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Chocolate Health Benefits

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By Dan Lukaczer, ND

Q I keep hearing chocolate is good for you. I want to believe this, but is it true?

A My answer is an unequivocal yes and no. The cocoa found in chocolate has numerous health benefits (the darker the chocolate, the better). But be warned—it’s only the cocoa, not all the sugar and fat that comes packaged with it, that has health advantages.

Cocoa comes from the cocoa bean, grown on the cocoa tree (Theobroma cacao). The beans have a variety of active phytochemicals that demonstrate healthy effects. Some of the more important are polyphenols, compounds best known for their antioxidant properties. In the most recent study I’ve seen published, a small group of healthy volunteers who ate 100 g of dark chocolate, containing approximately 500 mg polyphenols, were compared to those who ate 100 g of white chocolate, which contains no polyphenols. (White chocolate is really not “chocolate” at all. It is simply the fat—cocoa butter—from cocoa beans mixed with milk and other ingredients.) The researchers found that the dark, but not the white, chocolate decreased blood pressure and improved insulin sensitivity (poor insulin sensitivity has been linked to diabetes and heart disease).

You’ve also probably heard people say that chocolate makes them feel better. There may be something to that as well. Cocoa also contains other compounds called methylxanthines that seem to improve moods. Another study showed that subjects eating dark or milk chocolate versus those eating white chocolate (which contains no methylxanthines) showed a positive mood-altering effect. These phytochemicals may even go through breast milk. Mothers who reported eating chocolate daily rated the temperament of their 6-month-old infants more positively in terms of crying and fussing. The bottom line is that your chocolate indulgence does come with some health benefits. However, because chocolate also comes with lots of fat and sugar, you should limit intake.

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