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How Do You Take Your Chocolate?
As you sit there in your post-Valentine’s Day confectionery coma, your thoughts probably drift over your experience of Cupid’s special day. Whether you enjoyed the day in the company of love or the warm embrace of your sofa, it’s a safe bet that at some point you ate some chocolate, as 70% of Americans were planning on giving the dark treat this Valentine’s Day. And as the candy comes in a seemingly inexhaustible number of varieties, what factors come into play when choosing?
Science has often weighed in on the subject of chocolate and researchers agree that dark chocolate (45% cacao and above) contains a number of polyphenolic compounds called flavonoids that could provide beneficial anti-oxidant properties to consumers of the dark delight. However, the added fat and casein molecules of milk chocolate provide the sweets with a smooth texture that is treasured by millions. But, perhaps a lighter variety is more your speed, as white chocolate is sought after for its brighter taste, but still providing the mouth feel of its darker cousins. Whatever your selection, as long as the confections are consumed in moderation, scientists say that chocolate is a sweet treat that may actually provide a few additional health benefits to boot!