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10 Surprising Health Benefits of Hot Chocolate (Slideshow)

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Heart Health

Hot chocolate is good for your heart: the milk in hot cocoa can help protect against strokes, according to a UK study, and chocolate is richer in heart-healthy antioxidants than green tea. Together: the perfect concoction.

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Brightens Skin

While you may have heard that milk can is bad for your skin, causing pimples (which it can, but only for those with a sensitivity to dairy) you should also be aware that milk is fortified with Vitamin D and that it's packed with Vitamin A, which is great for skin. Chocolate -- another ingredient commonly considered poor for skin care -- actually contains tons of flavonoids, which this 2006 study found to be beneficial for skin in multiple ways. 

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Good for Coughs

There's a reason you may crave chocolate when you're sick: theobromine, one component, can actually help quell your coughs. You may have heard that dairy may produce phlegm, which is no good when you're sick, but some studies counter that claim.

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Prevent Diabetes

A study performed in Italy has found that chocolate may excite insulin activity, thus reducing the risk of diabetes. In conjunction with this, a study performed in Boston discovered that an increase in calcium intake may, over the course of time, decrease the risk of type 2 diabetes. Calcium and chocolate? Sounds like delicious hot chocolate to the rescue!

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PMS Relief

It's not as though you've ever exactly needed direction towards a gigantic cup of hot chocolate when you're suffering from PMS, but now you know you're doing it for a good reason: chocolate can aid depression, and milk has been shown to aid in relief as well.  


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Improve Your Math Scores

A UK-based study found that a big cup of hot chocolate can help produce better math skills.

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Lose Weight

Excess stomach fat can be reduced by dairy, and dark chocolate can slow down the digestive process, creating a feeling of fullness. Together? A cup of hot cocoa can be a fat-busting snack.

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Cancer Prevention

Cornell University study discovered that cocoa contains antioxidants that may help protect against cancer. Dairy is a controversial subject when it comes to cancer, but some studies have shown that vitamin D and calcium may prevent against cancer as well. 

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Lower Blood Pressure

Dark chocolate can lower high blood pressure, according to a medical study performed in Germany, and milk, full of calcium and Vitamin Dcan reduce blood pressure as well. They can be brilliant combined!



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Good for Your Brain

Johns Hopkins University researchers discovered that dark chocolate can protect against damage caused by stroke, and a study performed at the University of Virginia confirmed that milk may help ward off the same. 

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