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Dark Chocolate: It Doesnít Just Taste Good, Itís Good For Your Diving

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Belgians make great chocolate, so it's fitting that a group of Belgian researchers wanted to see if it had a beneficial effect on divers as a pre-dive snack. It's theorized that chocolate benefits cardiovascular health because the cocoa bean is rich in a plant nutrient called flavonoids, which help protect plants from environmental toxins and repair damage. When humans eat flavonoid-rich foods, we also benefit from this "antioxidant" power because it helps the body's cells resist damage caused by free radicals, which are formed by normal body processes (like breathing) and environmental toxins (like cigarette smoke). If your body doesn't have enough oxidants to balance out the free radicals, it can cause plaque to form on the artery walls....

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