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Good News: Hot Chocolate Is Good for Your Heart!

Good news: Hot chocolate is good for your heart! Learn about all the beverages that help prevent cancer and heart disease, on this Moment of Science.

Good news: Hot chocolate is good for your heart!

You may already know that drinking green tea is healthy. The antioxidants fight cancer and heart disease. Fruit juices like cranberry juice also contain a lot of antioxidants.

Fruits and vegetables in general are a great source of antioxidants, but if you’re not in the mood for fruits and vegetables, what about drinking some hot cocoa?

Hot cocoa contains 2-3 times the amount of antioxidants that green tea does, and twice as much as red wine. You can, of course, get the antioxidant benefits of cocoa in other forms too, such as in candy bars and other desserts.

But your average cup of cocoa contains a lot less saturated fat than a regular chocolate bar. And you can cut down fat and sugar more by using skim milk and an artificial sweetener.

What’s more, though you could drink your cocoa cold, researchers recommend hot cocoa because the heat tends to trigger more antioxidants than cold cocoa.

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