July 01, 2015
Welcome to A Theory of Parenting on blogtalkradio.com
my name is tammi joyner
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today we are Treating ourselves today in NYC at the Chocolate Store
Many treat chocolate as a guilty pleasure and a diversion from health eating. It doesn’t have to be! Go ahead and treat yourself and enjoy the benefits that some types can provide. Find out what is the healthiest chocolate choice!
By now we've all heard the good news about dark chocolate: the antioxidants - phenols and flavonoids - found in dark chocolate may offer protection against heart disease. In addition, cocoa butter - a saturated fat - may have a beneficial effect on cholesterol levels. A number of chemically active compounds in dark chocolate can improve mood and pleasure by boosting serotonin and endorphin levels in the brain. And consuming dark chocolate may slow the oxidation of LDL bad cholesterol.
Milk chocolate, however, is not as heart-healthy as dark chocolate: it contains more fat and sugar and less cocoa and antioxidants. White chocolate, which contains no cocoa solids, is generally no more than a mix of fat, milk and sugar with a minimal amount of cocoa butter added. Enjoy either as an occasional, special treat.
Dark chocolate, on the other hand, can and should be eaten more often. Eat an ounce of dark chocolate with at least 70 percent-pure cocoa a few times a week. When you're indulging, savor the flavor and texture, and try to note the effects it has on your body. Most importantly, enjoy yourself!
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