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[MOL] Yippee-chocolate may be good for you!!



Had to pass thiss on...Check it out! love, Joicy
       
    http://www.ivanhoe.com/docs/newsflash-saturday.html#breaking

                                            Breaking News: Chocolate May
Be Good For You 

                                            Feb. 28, 2000 (Ivanhoe
Newswire) -- In an era where nearly every newscast suggests that your
favorite food may be
                                            bad for you, there is a
bright light: chocolate may be good for your heart. 

                                            At a recent symposium for
the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS),
researchers listened to
                                            a series of presentations on
the potential benefits of chocolate consumption. One paper, for example,
reported that
                                            platelet activation and
aggregations -- factors that play a role in heart disease -- decreased
over a six-hour period after
                                            consumption of a cocoa
beverage. 

                                            Another study suggested that
chocolate acts as an antioxidant. Antioxidants are important because
they protect
                                            tissues and cells in the
body from the harmful effects of free radicals. Free radicals can cause
cell damage and are
                                            suspected of contributing to
some chronic age-related diseases. 

                                            The study was sponsored in
part by a group with a vested interest in the findings, chocolate
producer Mars, creator of
                                            M&M's and Mars candy bars.
"We're very encouraged by the findings presented at this symposium,"
said Harold
                                            Schmitz, a Ph.D working for
Mars Inc., the maker of the famous Mars Bars. "The clinical study
results together with
                                            those of earlier in vitro
research findings are very promising and suggest that additional
research is needed to further
                                            investigate the potential
cardiovascular health benefits of chocolate." 

                                            Copyright  2000 Ivanhoe
Broadcast News, Inc.
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