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Top 10 Treats to Satisfy Any Sweet Tooth

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Dark Chocolate

Let's face it -- kids love chocolate. But before you reach for that bag of Herhsey kisses, try giving them some dark chocolate instead. This rich treat is chock-full of flavonoids, a pigment found in plants that acts as an antioxidant. Antioxidants help to neutralize free radicals, the culprits that contribute to clogged arteries, damaged cells, and chronic illnesses. Flavonoids also help to regulate blood pressure, lower cholesterol, and balance certain hormones in the body. All in all, dark chocolate tastes great, makes you feel good, and is good for you. Just remember that chocolate is still a high calorie food, so eat it in moderation, and go for pieces that have 65% or higher cocoa content for maximum health benefits.

Another tip: Although you should be getting two to three servings of dairy a day, avoid having a glass of milk while enjoying your chocolate treat. Some research has shown milk can prevent antioxidants from being absorbed and used by the body.

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