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Does Milk Cancel the Benefits of Chocolate?

By
Monica Reinagel, M.S.,L.D./N,

Ask the Diva: Does Milk Cancel the Benefits of Chocolate?

Q. I recently read that milk can interfere with the flavonoids in chocolate, negating most of the potential health benefits.  Is this true?  If so, is the tablespoon of cocoa powder in my morning milk not so helpful after all?  Should I just stick to eating a few ounces of dark chocolate a week if I'm trying to reap the benefits of my cravings?

A.  Have I got good news for you! Preliminary research suggested that mixing milk and cocoa might diminish the bioavailability of the beneficial flavanols in cocoa. But several recent studies have shown no significant difference in flavanol absorption from cocoa drinks made with or without milk. Party on!

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