Valentine's Chocolate To Ward Off Cancer and Heart Disease?
Who knew that chocolate-the traditional Valentine's Day gift-had so much more to offer the recipient than simply a token of someone's affection? Of course, like most enjoyable treats, the "food of the gods" should be embraced in moderation, but research suggests that chocolate may have some redeeming health features. The good news was presented at a recent meeting of the American Chemical Society.
Cancer-fighter, the darker the better! Antioxidants, found in everything from green tea to bread crust, are commonly believed to fight cancer. Cocoa's antioxidant capacity tops that of long-trusted sources like strawberries and garlic. Joe A. Vinson, Ph.D., professor of chemistry at the University of Scranton, in Scranton, PA has determined that cocoa liquor, the derivative of the cocoa bean used in milk and dark chocolates that is absent from white chocolate, contains most of the antioxidants. Rich, dark chocolate lovers should celebrate: the darker the chocolate, the more antioxidants. Not only does chocolate contain a large quantity of antioxidants, Vinson discovered that chocolate contains high quality antioxidants. "The higher quality the antioxidants, the more work they can do," Vinson explained. "We've found that the antioxidants in dark chocolate are higher quality than even vitamins C and E."