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Health Food Myths: Breaking Down the Benefits of Chocolate

Be it a brownie, a cookie or candy bar, who can resist indulging in a decadent chocolate treat? October 28 is National Chocolate Day – a day celebrating the beloved modern confection created more than 400 years ago in Europe.

But there are many myths and misconceptions about the amounts of cocoa flavanols in chocolate. Despite the chocolate-y rumors, cocoa flavanols, the real “good stuff,” is locked inside the cocoa bean – and you won’t find many flavanols in most chocolate, even dark chocolate.

Registered Nutritionist and Registered Dietitian, Keri Glassman has dedicated most of her career to teaching people about health and wellness. She joined me to give a reality check on health food myths by separating food fact from fiction, especially when it comes to chocolate. Take a look below below.

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Meet Our Guest

Keri Glassman is the founder and president of Keri Glassman, “Nutritious Life,” a nutrition practice and wellness brand based in New York City. She was the Lead Nutritionist for Turner Broadcasting’s new effort to create health and wellness content for TV and digital media across its networks under the brand name “Upwave,” and the nutritionist and judge on their healthy cooking competition show, “Cook Your A** Off.” Keri has authored four books. The most recent, “The New You and Improved Diet,” gives readers the only eight rules they’ll ever need to know to lose weight and positively change their life forever. She is a member of the “Women’s Health” magazine advisory board and has a popular weekly column in “People” magazine.

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Makeba Giles is a Digital Content Producer and Founder of Faith Health and Home, a digital space with information and resources for physical, emotional, and spiritual well-being to help families live an inspired lifestyle.

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