Which has the highest levels of beneficial phytonutrients: baking chocolate, chocolate syrup, cocoa powder, dark chocolate, milk chocolate, or semi-sweet chocolate?
Does soymilk have the same tea phytonutrient blocking effects as cow's milk?
The phytonutrients in soy responsible for lowering cancer risk are called isoflavones, a type of flavanoid. There are also flavanoids in, chocolate but where are they found the most? According to a new study this year, in terms of phytonutrient content, is the healthiest chocolate fix baking chocolate, chocolate syrup, cocoa powder, dark chocolate, milk chocolate, or semi-sweet chocolate chips?
Here’s the graph… Which one takes the cake? … cocoa powder, is the best way to get your chocolate fix. You know how dark chocolate is like 70% cocoa solids? Well cocoa powder is like 90+% cocoa solids—that’s basically all it is!
Number 2, is the baking chocolate. Which is number 3, though? the semi-sweet chips are actually number 3, with the dark chocolate #4. Any guess on last place? They’re both pretty useless, but the hint, is the “genuine chocolate flavor.”
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N. Guha, M. L. Kwan, C. P. Quesenberry Jr, E. K. Weltzien, A. L. Castillo, and B. J. Caan. Soy isoavones and risk of cancer recurrence in a cohort of breast cancer survivors: The life after cancer epidemiology study. Breast Cancer Res. Treat., 118(2):395-405, 2009.
K. B. Miller, W. J. Hurst, N. Flannigan, B. Ou, C. Y. Lee, N. Smith, and D. A. Stuart. Survey of commercially available chocolate- and cocoa-containing products in the united states. 2. comparison of avan-3-ol content with nonfat cocoa solids, total polyphenols, and percent cacao. J. Agric. Food. Chem., 57(19):9169-9180, 2009.
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