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On call: Chocolate and health

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Chocolate and health

Q. I've been called a "chocoholic" because I love chocolate and eat a piece after dinner every night. My weight is fine and my cholesterol is, too. Is there any reason to change my ways?

A. Chocolate has long been viewed as a guilty pleasure. New research may help remove the guilt, but only if you understand America's favorite confection.

To produce chocolate, cocoa beans are dried, roasted, and separated into cocoa butter and cocoa powder. The powder is low in fat and is used for baking or to make hot chocolate. The cocoa butter is the heart of chocolate.

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