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Good News for Chocolate Lovers: Cocoa Fights Colon Cancer

Good News for Chocolate Lovers: Cocoa Fights Colon Cancer

If you love chocolate, there is some delicious news for you. Research studies have shown that the antioxidants in cocoa can lower your risk of colon cancer, which is one of the leading causes of death in America. Not only that, cocoa is seen to protect you from other insidious intestinal problems, too.

In a 2012 study by the Institute of Food Science and Technology and Nutrition, (ICTAN) in Spain, the raw material in cocoa was seen to reduce aberrant cells that cause cancer of the colon.

Cocoa is one of the richest sources of phenolic compounds, which have been seen to have impressive benefits in treating cardiovascular disease as well as certain cancers. The flavonoids in cocoa are concentrated in the intestines, where they are able to neutralize many disease-causing oxidants.

Just make sure you eat dark chocolate with a minimum 70 per cent cocoa content. Milk chocolate not only has low concentrations of polyphenols, but also contains high amounts of sugar, which has many harmful effects.

Another smart way to enjoy cocoa without the bitterness is to blend it with fruit smoothies and shakes.

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Shubhra Krishan

Writer, editor and journalist Shubhra Krishan is the author of Essential Ayurveda: What it is and what it can do for you (New World Library, 2003), Radiant Body, Restful Mind: A Woman's book of comfort (New World Library, 2004), and The 9 to 5 Yogi: How to feel like a sage while working like a dog (Hay House India, 2011).


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11:57PM PST on Mar 3, 2014

I make chocolates at Easter, Halloween and Christmas, and always use dark chocolate. So I help lower the risk of colon cancer too?

2:08PM PST on Feb 28, 2014

now that is good news.

9:38AM PST on Feb 28, 2014

Enjoy chocolate so this isn't such a big problem for . Thanks.

11:04AM PST on Feb 26, 2014

I confess! I am a chocolate lover. Did you know that Unsweetened chocolate is great for taste and even color in Pasta Sauces, Chili, Sloppy Joe's, and a great number of other foods. Chocolate actually helps spices to blend and mellow. All the flavor and less unsatisfying bite. It can also make our tomato based sauces look richer and darker red. I love it in candy and everything else. And for those who wonder, No it does not leave the food tasting like chocolate bars, Icing, or what have you.

4:29AM PST on Feb 26, 2014

Thank you Shubhra, for Sharing this!

1:46PM PST on Feb 24, 2014

Welcome news, thanks :)

8:30AM PST on Feb 24, 2014


7:40AM PST on Feb 24, 2014

Good news for me. I eat a few squares of organic dark chocolate every day (usually 85%).

8:44PM PST on Feb 23, 2014


8:30PM PST on Feb 23, 2014

Thank for this--the day was going well anyway, but this is really the icing on the cake! Time to go protect myself by eating chocolate!!!

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