Dark chocolate (more than 70% cocoa) contains a number of antioxidants, proanthocyanidins, and many polyphenols (a square of dark chocolate contains twice as many as a glass of red wine and almost as many as a cup of green tea properly steeped.) These molecules slow the growth of cancer cells and limit angiogenesis.
Take note: Mixing dairy products with chocolate cancels the beneficial effects of the molecules of cocoa. Avoid milk chocolate.
Recommendations for use: Eat a few squares of dark chocolate instead of desert at the end of a meal (with green tea).
Lynda Fassa is Planet Green's babies and family expert. She's the founder of Green Babies organic cotton baby clothes and the author of Green Babies, Sage Moms: The Ultimate Guide to Raising Your Organic Baby, and the forthcoming Green Kids, Sage Families: The Ultimate Guide to Raising Your Organic Family, both from Penguin NAL. Read her previous posts here.