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Would You Be My Flavonoid?

By February 12, 2009 - 1:17am
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How many women do not like to get chocolates for Valentine's Day? I am a chocolate lover but I always thought that chocolates on Valentine's Day was a tacky present. Well, after reading an article in the Journal of the American College of Nutrition, I think I have changed my mind and so should you! Why? Because cocoa beans and chocolate products have the highest concentration of flavonoids among commonly consumed foods.

Flavanols are the main flavonoids found in cocoa and chocolate. Research over the past decade has identified flavonoids as showing diverse beneficial physiological and antioxidant effects. Flavonoids are compounds also found in fruits, vegetables, and certain beverages such as tea, red wine, and grape juice. How much do you know about chocolates? Take a quiz by clicking on this site. In the meantime, enjoy that delicious chocolate you got for Valentines and drink a nice glass of red wine along with it. By the way, darker chocolate (70% or higher) is better...

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Alysiak, I agree but Port has too much sugar making it a high glycemic beverage. However, I cannot help to salibate just on the thought....

February 12, 2009 - 10:50pm

By the way - port and chocolate make the perfect match.

February 12, 2009 - 5:16pm

Virginia, that was a fun test, though I got a couple questions wrong where I was sure of the answers!

I find that a small square of dark chocolate is as satisfying as a lot more milk chocolate (though I crave milk chocolate more). Why is this? Is it because we're getting more of the cacao? Or more of the flavonoids? Or is it because there's less sugar in it?

February 12, 2009 - 9:10am
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