WASHINGTON, Feb. 11, 2013 — Just in time for Valentine’s Day, the American Chemical Society (ACS), the world’s largest scientific society, released a new Bytesize Science video today featuring five chemistry facts that highlight why chocolate, in moderation, may be good for you. The video, produced by the ACS Office of Public Affairs, is available at www.BytesizeScience.com.
The video explains how a bar of chocolate contains hundreds of compounds, many with beneficial properties. Among the video’s “sweet” facts:
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According to an article from the ACS’ Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry, the naturally occurring polyphenols in cocoa ― the key ingredient in chocolate ― boost levels of HDL, commonly known as the “good cholesterol.”
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