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For several years, we've been hearing that dark chocolate and red wine may provide health benefits. As more research is conducted, the news keeps getting better, said Cathy Feldmeier, a registered, licensed dietitian on staff at St. Anthony’s. Both of these foods contain powerful nutrients called flavanols, which help our cardiovascular system by lowering blood pressure, increasing HDL cholesterol (the “good” cholesterol) and increasing blood flow. In a recent study, cocoa was added to the diets of people with impaired blood flow to the brain, and the subjects showed dramatic improvements in cognition after just a month of cocoa intake.

Other research has found that red wine may have a protective effect against prostate cancer. This likely is related to the phytonutrient called resveratrol that is found in red grapes and red wine. The study found that just one glass of red wine per day could cut in half the risk of prostate cancer. That’s pretty encouraging news, considering that about 80 percent of men over age 80 have prostate cancer. Unfortunately for women, a similar protection was not found for breast cancer. If you’d prefer not to add alcohol to your diet, red grapes are the source of red wine and are good sources of resveratrol.

Moderation is key

Moderation is the number one principle that should guide your food choices. Feldmeier recommends:

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