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Chocolate Basics

Which is healthier -- dark chocolate or milk? What ingredients should you look for in chocolate? Take this quiz to find out!

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Question 1 of 20 Correct

What gives chocolate its health benefits?

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The correct answer is: Chocolate is packed with flavonoids, plant-based chemicals that are ""anti"" almost everything: antiviral, anti-allergic, anti-platelet, anti-inflammatory, anti-tumor and anti-Alzheimer's disease. They're also adept at affecting cell-signaling pathways that regulate the growth, proliferation and death of cells.

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Question 2 of 20 Correct

To get the most benefit from your chocolate, how much cocoa content should it have?

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The correct answer is: To reap the most benefits from eating chocolate look for dark chocolate with at least 70 percent cocoa content. A half- to a 1-ounce serving (about half of a regular-size chocolate bar) will satisfy sweet cravings while providing a good dose of flavonoids.

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True or false: Chocolate makes your muscles stronger and increases your endurance.

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The correct answer is: This is true. In addition to dark chocolate lowering blood pressure, preventing cavities, protecting heart health and chasing away depression, dark chocolate revs up mitochondria in every cell in your body. This makes your muscles stronger and increases your endurance.

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True or false: Eating chocolate can lower your blood pressure.

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The correct answer is: This is true. Flavonoids found in cocoa can thin blood and relax blood vessels. If you're worried about high blood pressure, simply adding a sprinkle of cocoa to your oatmeal every day can help lower your numbers.

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Besides lowering blood pressure, how does eating chocolate affect your heart health?

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The correct answer is: All of the above. When it comes to chocolate and the heart, the focus is on the dark stuff. Small, short-term studies suggest dark chocolate has some potential heart health benefits, including decreased blood pressure and blood clotting, increased blood vessel health and improved LDL cholesterol.

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What should you dip in dark chocolate to reduce your risk of heart disease?

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The correct answer is: Apple skins are loaded with an anti-inflammatory compound called quercetin. Studies show that when you combine apples with flavonoid-rich dark chocolate, the antioxidant-heavy duo significantly reduces risk of heart disease and helps prevent blood clots.

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True or false: Eating dark chocolate will make your skin break out.

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The correct answer is: This is false. Research indicates that it's actually the sugar in chocolate that affects your skin, not the cocoa. Dark chocolate has less sugar than other forms of chocolate and it contains antioxidants, which are good for your skin and make your skin softer.

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Question 8 of 20 Correct

How does eating chocolate affect your workout?

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The correct answer is: Eating an ounce of dark chocolate a day revs up power stations called mitochondria in each and every cell in your body. That makes your muscles stronger and increases your endurance.

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Question 9 of 20 Correct

Which type of chocolate is the healthiest?

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The correct answer is: Dark chocolate is the healthiest form of chocolate because it contains more flavonoids, less sugar and less fat than other forms of chocolate.

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Question 10 of 20 Correct

Which hot cocoa is more healthful?

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The correct answer is: Hot cocoa is one way you can skip all the fat and sugar of a chocolate bar. Unsweetened cocoa powder has more healthful polyphenols than Dutch processed hot cocoa. Warm up fat-free milk, stir in cocoa and add a touch of sweetener.

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True or false: Eating chocolate has been scientifically proven to make people feel happier.

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The correct answer is: This is true. Chocolate has been scientifically proven to boost endorphins and serotonin, two chemicals responsible for making us happy. Next time you need a quick mood boost, try making a cup of hot cocoa or nibblng on dark chocolate.

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True or false: Eating chocolate can help you lose weight.

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The correct answer is: This is true. A study of more than 1,000 women found that those who ate an ounce of 70 percent cocoa or higher of chocolate at or before every meal had two BMI points lower than those who didn't eat chocolate at all.

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Which of these chocolaty treats is particularly good for your gut?

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The correct answer is: According to RealAge, drinking antioxidant-rich cocoa daily increases the levels of protective gut bacteria in people's stomachs. Researchers found that high-flavonoid cocoa kicked up people's levels of lactobacillus and bifidobacterium—two beneficial types of gut bacteria that help slow the growth of disease-causing bacteria and organisms.

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Chocolate made with which type of oil should you avoid eating to get the most health benefits?

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The correct answer is: All of the above. For the greatest health benefits, avoid chocolate made with palm oil, coconut oil, hydrogenated or partially hydrogenated oil. Coconut and palm oil are high in saturated fat, and "partially hydrogenated" indicates trans fat.These oils are used in cheaper chocolates in place of cocoa butter.

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True or false:Chocolate contains ingredients that are good for your teeth.

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The correct answer is: Surprisingly, this is true. You don't wnat to trade in your toothbrush for a candy bar, but new research shows a compound in chocolate known as theobromine may be just as good as fluoride at hardening tooth enamel. Theobromine may one day be included in toothpastes and mouthwashes. Until then, keep in mind that most commercially prepared chocolate has lots of sugar in it—which of course can harm your teeth.

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How does eating dark chocolate affect your blood sugar?

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The correct answer is: Chocolate enhances the effect of insulin and sugar utilization.

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Question 17 of 20 Correct

True or false: Chocolate causes acne.

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The correct answer is: This is false. Recent research indicates that it is the sugar in the chocolate and not the cocoa that affects the skin. So, if you're craving a chocolate, go ahead and indulge! Just make sure it's dark chocolate, which has less sugar, less fat and contains antioxidants that are good for your skin and overall health.

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True or false: Eating chocolate makes you smarter.

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The correct answer is: This is true. Ample research suggests that the flavonoids in dark chocolate increase cerebral blood flow, which in turn may trigger the creation of new blood vessels and brain cells. And a new study shows that older adults performed better on cognitive tests after eating small portions of the sweet stuff.

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Question 19 of 20 Correct

True or false: Eating chocolate can prevent colon cancer.

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The correct answer is: This is true. A new animal study suggests that eating cocoa, the raw material in chocolate, may help prevent colon cancer. Flavonoids in cocoa may assist in apoptosis, the natural process in which your body eliminates and destroys cancer cells.

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What should you eat with chocolate to help curb your hunger?

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The correct answer is: If you want to eat chocolate that will fill you up more, try a chocolate bar with nuts in it. Nuts, though high in unsaturated fats and calories, can lower bad cholesterol and help curb hunger.

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