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Hersey's Dark Chocolate

  • Date Submitted: 10/02/2013 04:34 PM
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Hershey’s Dark Chocolate
Dark chocolate is chocolate without milk solids added to it. Milk chocolate has a sweeter taste, while the dark version has a slightly bitter aftertaste. It is often referred to as semisweet chocolate or bittersweet chocolate and is commonly used for baking. Semisweet chocolate is associated with chocolate chip cookies and other cooked confections, but it has also become popular as a snack. Bittersweet chocolate varies by brand as some use more sugar than others. According to the FDA, the bittersweet variety must contain at least 35% cacao or cocoa solids. Semisweet also averages about 35% cacao solids, but is usually much sweeter than bittersweet.
Hershey's Center for Health and Nutrition announced the publication of a study that shows resveratrol, the compound often associated with the health benefits of red wine, is also found in cocoa and dark chocolate products. In the September 24 edition of the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry, Hershey scientists conducting a report that cocoa powder, baking chocolate and dark chocolate all have significant levels of resveratrol, a naturally occurring antioxidant.
Eating a small, 1.6-ounce (45 gram) bar of dark chocolate every day is good for you. Besides being delicious, dark chocolate offers health benefits. Cocoa beans, its basic ingredient, are rich in flavones, which are work as antioxidants. Antioxidants protect the body from aging caused by free radicals, which can cause damage that leads to heart disease. Dark chocolate contains a large number of antioxidants (nearly 8 times the number found in strawberries). Flavones also help relax blood pressure through the production of nitric oxide, and balance certain hormones in the body. Dark chocolate has higher cocoa content than milk chocolate. Dark chocolate products have 30% to 70% cocoa, with extra dark varieties containing over 80% of it.
Despite its benefits, dark chocolate should be eaten in reasonable amounts. It contains sugar...

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