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Is Chocolate Good For You?

Story: Is Chocolate Good For You?
Episode: 4
Presenter: Julie Meek
Air Date: 18th October 2020

Julies shares some of the surprising health benefits associated with one of the most beloved foods in the world.

  • Chocolate and any associated products are made beans of the Theobroma cacao tree. This highly valuable tree produces pods that contain around 20 to 60 beans.
  • Chocolate has shown to have numerous health benefits. It increases antioxidant activity and reduces blood pressure, inflammation, LDL cholesterol and risk of cardiovascular disease.
  • Cacao refers to any of the food products derived from the cacao bean that have remained raw. This includes cacao nibs and cacao powder.
  • Cocoa powder is commonly used in baking and looks very similar to cacao.
  • Research shows that raw cacao is a rich source of flavonoids, monounsaturated fats, vitamins and minerals.
  • Dark chocolate has a higher cacao content than milk chocolate. Its flavonoid content is dependent on the percentage of cacao used and how it is manufactured.
  • Chocolate is high in calories and fat, but if you are eating a balanced diet and leading a healthy lifestyle then a little bit every now and then is okay.