Milk Chocolate and Health

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Today we look at new findings regarding the health benefits of milk chocolate.

Chocolate dates backto theancient Mayansand even earlier to the ancient Olmecs of southern Mexico. While the chocolate we consume today tends to be sweet, contemporary chocolate has little resemblance to its historical counterpart. Until fairly recently, people revered a more bitter version of the treat.

I do not think of the average milk chocolate bar as healthy. On the other hand, dark chocolate has a reputation as a heart-healthy treat that is chock full of antioxidants. My impression of milk chocolate as virtually useless from a health perspective may need some modification, given a recent research study from scientists at Harvard’s Brigham and Women’s Hospital.

When I hear of milk chocolate, I think of it as a sugar-laden, weight gain-causing dessert. I am a bit of a dark chocolate snob. It may be time for…

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