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Monday, April 23, 2007

Surprising Feel-Good Food


Hot Cocoa

The phytochemicals found in natural, unprocessed cocoa beans are positive for lifting mood and lowering blood pressure. But the key is keeping the cocoa powders potent with those phytochemicals after they’ve been processed on the way from the rainforests to your supermarket. “Dutched” cocoa powders are processed with alkalis to remove the bitterness from cocoa beans. One problem: The dutching process removes the Feel-Great phytochemicals you would otherwise find in cocoa. Find natural, non-dutched varieties (available in most every grocery store).


Drink a cup of cocoa before bed. It will help you sleep, too.

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