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    In The News: Chocolate Milk Good For The Heart?

    ni-milk-0607p16-mChocolate milk certainly appears to be this week’s A-list beverage.

    Not only is an expensive campaign championing its virtues, the New York Times claims it may help reduce inflammation.

    In case you’re wondering what inflammation has to do with health, many degenerative diseases are intensified, if not directly caused, by cellular inflammation.

    So does chocolate milk deserve such health claims?  Depends on your definition of chocolate milk!

    The study referenced by the New York Times was conducted by Spanish researchers and recently published in the renowned American Journal of Clinical Nutrition.

    Alas, a review of the study reveals that participants weren’t exactly drinking chocolate milk.  They were drinking skim milk with cocoa powder.

    As far as I’m concerned, this is an “apples and oranges” situation.

    The 40 grams of cocoa powder that certain participants were drinking on a daily basis contained 7.6 grams of fiber, as much potassium as a medium banana, and a high amount of polyphenols and flavonoids.

    Commercial chocolate milk, meanwhile, offers less than a gram of fiber per eight-ounce serving, significantly less potassium, and very little in the way of flavonoids (the cocoa in chocolate milk is alkalized, which drastically reduces flavonoid content).

    These are two very different beverages!

    If it’s cocoa’s health benefits you are looking for, you are better off utilizing it in its whole form, like in this delicious dessert recipe.

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