Sweets: Health Benefits of Chocolates

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If there's one sweet treat that's usually at the top of everyone's wish list, it's chocolate. For centuries, this indulgent delight has been made from the seeds of the cacao tree, and everyone from the Aztec emperor Montezuma to the American patriot Ben Franklin has enjoyed chocolate. In fact, rumor has it that the stately Montezuma liked to overindulge with a habit of drinking 50 cups of cocoa per day!Over 3 million cocoa beans turn into chocolate each year.

Varieties and Benefits of Chocolate

That has to be a good thing, right? The scientist who named the tree that produces cacao thought it was a very good thing. In fact, the scientific name Theobroma cacao translates to "food of the gods."Chocolate has amazing health properties, but not all of these treats are created the same. In fact, some chocolate has many nutrients to offer, while other types are mostly sugar. So how can you tell the difference? This quiz will tell you what you need to know to make healthy and delicious choices for the rest of your life. If you pick correctly, you'll be able to have your chocolate and eat it, too!When enjoyed in moderation, the right kind of chocolate can be part of a balanced, heart-healthy diet and lifestyle. There's no reason to cut out this sweet treat. In fact, it might actually be more harmful to skip it altogether.So, what will it be: white, milk, or dark? Get the facts on the different varieties along with ways chocolate can benefit your health. Find out more about the science behind this popular candy in just a few minutes. What you learn may surprise you, and you'll have no excuse not to pick up a bar or two the next time you're out shopping.

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