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Chocolates are good for the heart? — The power of flavonoids

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Last week, I emphasized that chocolates are toxic to dogs and may have given you a bad impression of eating cocoa products. This week, I will discuss the potential benefit of eating chocolates to maintain a healthy heart. Does it sound too good to be true?

Ok, not exactly the gift, but something for he...

The concept that cocoa products are beneficial to our health is not new. Even before the time of Christopher Columbus, cocoa had been revered in the Mesoamerica as a plant with magical powers. In Europe, the plant was used for diverse medicinal purposes, including the treatment of heart pain. However, the medicinal value of cocoa has been nearly forgotten until recent years. Continue reading –>

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Why can’t dogs eat chocolates? — Foods toxic to pets

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Scan of a Valentine greeting card circa 1920.

With the celebration of Valentine’s Day last week, some of you may have received flowers or boxes of chocolates from your loved ones. For those of you also lucky enough to have furry friends, share the love but not the chocolates!

Cocoa-based foods are very nutritious. Cocoa contains high amount of amino acids, vitamins, minerals, and fat that keeps our body full of energy. Nonetheless, cocoa products, including chocolates, are poisonous to animals. Continue reading –>

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