Does just thinking about chocolate give your tongue the tingles?
For many, there’s nothing like it. The most craveable of foods. Chocolate stands out on its own and has raised many recipes from delicious to truly blissful!
Even if you are watching what you eat, chocolate is actually a beneficial sweet to indulge in just a little. Chocolate is made from beans that contain plant chemicals called flavanols. Flavanols are antioxidants which may reduce blood platelet stickiness and blood clots, says Penny Kris-Etherton, PhD, RD, a professor of nutrition at Pennsylvania State University. One study led by Dr. Kris-Etherton found that those with a diet rich in cocoa powder and dark chocolate had lower oxidation levels of LDL (bad) cholesterol and higher total levels of HDL (good) cholesterol. But don't buy the chocolate farm just yet—the stuff is dense in calories and fat. Eat in moderation and you won't have to feel guilty!
Chocolate comes directly from the cocoa plant, known as cacao, which grows natively in West Africa, Central and South America and Asia. After the beans are harvested and dried, they’re crushed and mixed with fat (usually cocoa butter or oil) and sugar to create the rich, creamy sweet so many love.
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