Thursday, February 17, 2011

Dark Chocolate Rated as a Super Food. About time!

"Dark Chocolate may be healthier than fruit juices: study"  Winnipeg Free Press, February 8, 2011.

Dark chocolate and cocoa have more anti-oxidant capacity than fruit juice, according to a study in the Chemistry Central Journal.

Chocolate products also have more heart-healthy flavanols and polyphenol, the study found.  The good news doesn't apply to hot cocoa mix, which is processed.

The better news in my book, is that science is acknowledging the importance of anti-oxidants in the diet.  Even five years ago, this kind of study wouldn't have happened.
Here's a revolutionary idea:  Cocoa seeds should be considered a 'superfruit'and products derived from cocao seed extracts, such as natural cocoa powder and dark chocolate, as 'superfoods' the researchers said.  Cocoa came out ahead on the anti-oxidant scale over blueberry, cranberry and pomegranate powder.

Personally, we start every morning with a nutritious Usana Chocolate Nutrimeal, where we add a mixture of frozen berries.  With that, we take our Usana Essentials, full of antioxidants, vitamins and minerals.  The CoQuinone and Proflavanol grape seed extract supplements, add mega anti-oxidants to the package.  A powerful start to the day.

And to top it off throughout the day, a chocolate covered Peanut Crunch or Chocolate Fusion bar for snacks.   Yummm.  Feel those anti-oxidants flowing through your system....

Want more anti-oxidants?
Call us for more information on the science of Usana Health Sciences as the "anti-oxidant" company.
Deanna and Dave Waters

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