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Friday, October 03, 2014
The benefits of baking chocolate are similar to that of cocoa powder and dark chocolate.
Dark chocolate has been shown to lower LDL cholesterol by as much as 10%. Antioxidants in it can help lower blood pressure. It can help avoid cancer and heart disease. Of course, the more cocoa particles in the chocolate, the better. There are chocolates that will give a percentage on the label, up to about 80%. The higher the percentage, the better for you. Of course, they are quick to point out that dark chocolate is better for you than the others because it has less sugar. I am certainly not encouraging you to eat sugar. Get some of the sugar-free varieties if possible. But as far as tooth decay....just brush your teeth afterwards, and don't sweat it. The benefits of the antioxidants far outweigh any danger of tooth decay. With a total antioxidant content of 49,926 baking chocolate comes in 8th on our list of high antioxidant foods. So feel free to indulge.