Saturday, November 1, 2008

FACT: Chocolate IS Good For You

I know that during the holiday season a lot of chocolate can be found in every corner of your life. Don’t worry about it. Chocolate, despite what you’ve been taught since you were young, is not bad for you. Yes, if you overindulge, like with any other food or beverage, there will be consequences. Use some restraint and practice moderation. With moderation, you can enjoy all sorts of marvelous things in life.

I wanted you to read what the Department of Agriculture and the Journal of the American Chemical Society had to say about chocolate. I’m providing a couple of links so that you can continue reading all the Facts and Fallacies surrounding this decadent Food of the Gods.

Top Antioxidant Foods
*ORAC (Oxygen Radical Absorbance Capacity) is a measure of the ability of foods to subdue harmful oxygen free radicals that can damage our bodies. Source: Data from U.S. Department of Agriculture and the Journal of the American Chemical Society.

ORAC* Grams (Oxygen Radical Absorbance Capacity) Units per 100
Dark Chocolate 13,120
Milk Chocolate 6,740
Prunes 5770
Raisins 2830
Blueberries 2400
Blackberries 2036
Kale 1770
Strawberries 1540
Spinach 1260
Raspberries 1220
Brussels sprouts 980
Plums 949
Alfalfa sprouts 930
Broccoli florets 890
Oranges 750
Grapes, red 739
Red bell pepper 710
Cherries 670
Onion 450
Corn 400
Eggplant 390

Exercise is a dirty word... Every time I hear it, I wash my mouth out with chocolate!


Joanna said...

i did a report on how chocolate is good for you!!! right on! i eat some (or a lot) everyday. i like the exercise quote. the quote i had on my graduation cake at my grad party said... "forget love. i'd rather fall in chocolate!"

Reeni said...

Chocolate leads the pack in antioxidants, yay!! Thanks for the info. I'm off to have me some chocolate!

Debinhawaii said...

See I knew there was a reason I should eat lots of chocolate! ;-)

Ramya Vijaykumar said...

Wow nice to read your post that was interesting and I remember reading that dark chocolates help women reduce great stress...

Lisa said...

Now this is a good thing to hear!


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