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Centsable Health: The health benefits of chocolate

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Chocolate is not just an indulgence. On Centsable Health we're learning about the health benefits. Fareway registered dietitian Whitney Packebush has the good news for chocoholics.

Cocoa powder: ground, nonfat part of cocoa bean

Cocoa butter: fat component

Chocolate liquor: melted or ground cocoa bean

Unsweetened/baking chocolate: chocolate liquor + added fat

Milk chocolate: Solid chocolate made with milk

Dark chocolate: cocoa + fat + sugar with little or no milk

White chocolate: cocoa butter + milk solids + sugar + vanilla; not technically chocolate because it contains no chocolate liquor

Health benefits

Flavonoids found in chocolate can improve heart health by lowering blood pressure and lowering LDL (bad) cholesterol. These are degraded during the cooking process. Higher concentrations found in products closest to the natural state, which is why dark chocolate is touted as being healthier than milk chocolate.

Processing

Beans are roasted, cracked and de-shelled pieces of beans are called "nibs."

From here, nibs can be sold to specialty stores for baking or further processed into chocolate products.

Fun facts

It takes 300 to 600 cocoa beans to produce about 2 pounds of chocolate.

One ounce of chocolate or 8 ounces of chocolate milk has around 5 mg of caffeine, compared to 85 mg in 8 ounces of regular-brewed coffee.

And if you want more on this Centsable Health topic click here or check out www.fareway.com.

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