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Oh, Chocolate, is there nothing you can't do?

September 15, 2011 - Burton Cole (humor columnist)

Hot dog! I mean, hot fudge!

Chocolate can be "as good for you as exercise!" according to an article published today in the Journal of Physiology.

The scientists found that small amounts of dark chocolate may improve health the same way as exercise. Forget loading up the barbell; pound back some Mounds bars.

A plant compound in chocolate called epicatechin packs the same punch as mitochondria, the cells that generate energy in the body, according to the research.

"Aerobic exercise, such as running or cycling, is known to increase the number of mitochondria in muscle cells," said research leader Dr. Moh Malek of Wayne State University in Detroit. "Our study has found that epicatechin seems to bring about the same response -- particularly in the heart and skeletal muscles."

Oh, Chocolate, is there nothing you can't do?

We already know from previous studies that chocolate stimulates endorphins, the feel-good stuff that produces the "runner's high." Forget legging it for six or seven miles. Just jog to the Dove bar rack.

Chocolate -- especially dark chocolate -- also is an anti-depressant, holds off aging, reduces blood pressure, balances some hormones, promotes a healthy heart and gives an energy boost to get you through the day in a feel-wonderful way. All that and it's an aphrodisiac, too.

Once again, some mumbo-jumbo about moderation lurks in this report, too. I didn't read it. I already found all the good-health info I required.

So, kids, pass the Hershey's Special Dark and let's get fit the chocolate way!


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