Four Reasons to Eat Chocolate on a Diet
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Four Reasons to Eat Chocolate on a Diet

Chocolate is healthier than you think. Here, four new reasons to indulge in the sweet stuff. (Like you need 'em!)
To kick a cough.

Theobromine, a chemical in chocolate, is as effective at soothing coughs as codeine, a key ingredient in many prescription meds.

To fight cavities.

Theobromine may also strengthen teeth better than fluoride, according to Tulane University researchers.

To tame tummy trouble.

Cocoa contains potent antioxidants that bind to and inhibit a protein in the intestines that causes diarrhea, say scientists at the Children's Hospital & Research Center Oakland in California. No wonder it has been used as a remedy since the 16th century.

To save face.

British scientists found that less than an ounce of flavanol-rich chocolate a day may help protect your skin from the harmful effects of UV rays. (Sunscreen is still a must.)

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Originally published in FITNESS magazine, February 2010.