The chocolate challenge

By Jennifer Bowden In Nutrition

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7th April, 2012
Monty Python heartily encouraged us to “Always look on the bright side of life”. And with the arrival of the Easter Bunny imminent, looking on the bright side of a potentially chocolate-packed long weekend seems a good idea. After all, chocolate and cocoa are rich sources of flavonoids, a group of compounds that have antioxidant effects and may protect the body from damage by free radicals. The flavonoids in chocolate may also lower blood pressure and make blood vessels function better. Perhaps this explains why studies have found a link between consuming chocolate and reducing the risk ...

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