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Health Benefits of Drinking Hot Cocoa

January 27, 2013

It has been known that chocolate provides various health benefits. However, new studies have found that there are even more benefits to drinking hot cocoa than eating a regular bar of chocolate.

According to Mother Nature Network (MNN), there were studies done by Cornell University and American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) that shows the antioxidant concentration in hot cocoa is almost twice as strong as red wine. Cocoa’s concentration was two to three times stronger than that of green tea and four to five times stronger than that of black tea. The same study also shows that when chocolate is served in higher temperatures, more antioxidants are released. Furthermore, a cup of hot cocoa contains 611 milligrams of the phenolic compound gallic acid equivalents (GAE) and 564 milligrams of the flavonoid epicatechin equivalents (ECE). The antioxidant gallic acid is used to treat internal hemorrhages, albuminuria (the presence of albumin in the urine, which can indicate kidney disease) and diabetes. Other benefits include less fat per serving compared to the 8 grams of fat in a standard chocolate bar. The flavonoid in hot cocoa helps lowers the blood pressure, prevents platelets in your blood from forming clots. According to AAAS, hot cocoa helps us to think better since the flavonoids increase the blood flow and oxygen to the brain. Because of this fact, researchers think that hot cocoa can be used for treatment of dementia.

Read the whole story at http://www.mnn.com/food/beverages/stories/7-health-benefits-of-drinking-hot-cocoa

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