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Chocolate Lovers' Quiz

Research shows some chocolate can be good for you -- but not all kinds are created equal. See how well you know the sweet truth.

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Chocolate Lovers' Quiz
Chocolate Lovers' Quiz
Question 1 of 20 Correct

True or false: Unlike the saturated fats in meat and dairy products, the saturated fats found naturally in chocolate don't elevate cholesterol levels.

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The correct answer is: This is true. The saturated fats found naturally in chocolate (mostly stearic acid from cocoa butter) do not elevate cholesterol levels. (But some chocolate products contain added saturated fats, such as palm or cocounut oil, which can raise cholesterol. Check the ingredients label to be sure.)

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Question 2 of 20 Correct

Dark chocolate combined with what food can improve your sex life?

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The correct answer is: Bananas contain bromelain, an enzyme believed to increase libido in men. The potassium and B vitamin content of bananas also helps to boost overall energy levels. Dark chocolate helps increase dopamine levels, and the bioflavonoids open up blood vessels.

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Question 3 of 20 Correct

Which is better for you?

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The correct answer is: Dark chocolate is better than milk chocolate because it's lower in sugar and higher in flavonolds.

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Question 4 of 20 Correct

True or false: Dark chocolate can help lower blood pressure.

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The correct answer is: This is true. Experts agree that moderate consumption of dark chocolate can lower both systolic and diastolic blood pressure slightly, by 2-3 points.

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Question 5 of 20 Correct

How much chocolate can I safely eat a day?

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The correct answer is: A ½- to 1-ounce serving of rich dark chocolate (about half a regular-size chocolate bar) will satisfy your sweet tooth while providing a good dose of flavonoids.

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Question 6 of 20 Correct

True or false: Chocolate makes your face break out.

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The correct answer is: This is false. It's been proven that chocolate does not cause or aggravate acne.

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Question 7 of 20 Correct

True or false: Eating chocolate releases the same chemicals in the brain that happen when someone is in love.

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The correct answer is: Sadly, this is false. Chocolate does contain a chemical called phenylethylamine, a.k.a. the "love drug." But it gets inactivated before it ever reaches your brain, so it doesn't reproduce the experience of being "in love." (But you can still love chocolate!)

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Question 8 of 20 Correct

Which of these are health benefits of chocolate?

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The correct answer is: All of the above. The ingredients in chocolate help fight a number of illnesses, including heart disease. Cocoa contains antioxidants, which repair and softens your skin. The compounds in chocolate also help boost your mood.

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Question 9 of 20 Correct

True or false: Chocolate has been shown to have some of the same heart benefits as aspirin.

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The correct answer is: This is true. In one study, a baby aspirin and a cocoa drink with 25 g of semisweet chocolate were shown to have similar effects in terms of preventing blood platelets from clumping together, a problem that can lead to heart attack or stroke.

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Question 10 of 20 Correct

What kind of chocolate should you eat to get the most disease-fighting flavonoids?

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The correct answer is: All of the above. Flavonoid-rich chocolate with a high percentage of cocoa goes by several names. Look for "dark," "pure" and "unprocessed" on chocolate labels to be sure you're getting all of the disease-fighting benefits.

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Question 11 of 20 Correct

True or false: Chocolate may help relieve arthritis symptoms.

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The correct answer is: This is true. Chocolate is high in polyphenols. Early research shows these components may help reduce inflammation and oxidative stress.

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Question 12 of 20 Correct

Which of these are signs of good-quality chocolate?

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The correct answer is: Good chocolate has all of the above qualities. Savoring the great flavor can lead to better health and less stress.

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Question 13 of 20 Correct

True or false: Chocolate can be a healthy food choice for people with diabetes.

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The correct answer is: This is true. Strawberries dipped in quality chocolate can be a healthy treat for people with diabetes, as long as the chocolate does not have a high amount of sugar. Chocolate powder containing 75% or more cocoa with no sugar has a low glycemic index of just 25, meaning glucose is released to the blood at a pace the body's cells can handle. Dark chocolate with a high percentage of cocoa is also high in chromium, an essential mineral for people with diabetes.

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Question 14 of 20 Correct

Which of the following is chocolate known to cause?

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The correct answer is: All of the above. Chocolate can lead to feelings of nervousness and anxiety in some people. It is also a common food allergen (although, most often, this is due to something that has been added to the chocolate, such as milk, nuts or wheat starch). Chocolate, along with red wines and aged cheeses, has also been linked to migraine headaches.

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Question 15 of 20 Correct

True or false: Chocolate is addictive.

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The correct answer is: This is false. Although chocolate contains stimulating compounds like caffeine, as well as others that induce pleasure, the amount of these is too small to induce a drug-like dependency.

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Question 16 of 20 Correct

How much cocoa should chocolate contain to be healthy?

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The correct answer is: Cocoa contains flavonoids, a type of chemical found naturally in plants that's known to help fight many diseases. Make sure you're getting all of the benefits of flavonoids by buying dark chocolate with at least 70% cocoa.

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Question 17 of 20 Correct

True or false: In general, a woman should avoid chocolate during her period.

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The correct answer is: This is false. It's not clear why many women crave chocolate during their periods, but there's no scientific reason why they should avoid it. Chocolate repletes magnesium and releases hormones that can help a woman feel better.

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Question 18 of 20 Correct

True or false: Chocolate is good for your brain.

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The correct answer is: This is true. Real chocolate (not milk chocolate) raises dopamine levels and provides flavonoids, which keep arteries young and the brain healthy.

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Question 19 of 20 Correct

True or false: Chocolate has the same amount of caffeine as black tea.

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The correct answer is: This is false. Chocolate does contain caffeine, but not as much. An 8-ounce glass of chocolate milk contains about 5 milligrams of caffeine, compared to an 8-ounce cup of black tea, which contains 40 milligrams of caffeine.

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Why does chocolate make you happy?

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The correct answer is: All of the above. Chocolate boosts those feel-good hormones called endorphins, and it may also boost serotonin levels that help us feel relaxed. Some forms of chocolate contain caffeine, which can add an energy kick.

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