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Four Reasons to Eat Chocolate on a Diet

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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.


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pkbgirl333 wrote:

cacao is actually one of the best foods for you. to make sure you get the most out of it, you have to eat a high percentage bar! i just found antidote chocolate bars at the natural foods stores around me in ny and LOVE THEM so yummy and GUILT FREE

6/29/2011 11:24:59 PM Report Abuse
in_btweendream wrote:

I love this article! Chocolate is also good for asthma sources

12/1/2010 11:43:17 PM Report Abuse

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