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  2. Nov 28, 2018

The Health Benefits of Chocolate

Some call it a superfood. Some just call it super. But is chocolate healthy?

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This week’s episode of The Exam Room™ is devoted to investigating claims that chocolate can combat heart disease and high cholesterol while lowering blood pressure and fighting cancer.

“The Weight Loss Champion” Chuck Carroll goes one-on-one with Physicians Committee dietitian Maggie Neola, R.D., to find out whether floating in Willy Wonka’s chocolate river is the key to a long and healthy life or whether you’ll go down with the candy ship.

Plus, former actor and environmental advocate Suzy Amis Cameron joins the show to talk about her new book OMD: The Simple, Plant-Based Program to Save Your Health, Save Your Waistline, and Save the Planet. She details how eating just one plant-based meal each day can dramatically reduce your carbon footprint as well as improve your health.

Suzy also shares a funny story about what she found the first time she opened her husband’s pantry! The shelves look much different today, and her husband, director James Cameron, is now devoted to a plant-based diet as well.

In This Episode

  • The difference between cacao and chocolate
  • Comparing nutritional value of dark chocolate and milk chocolate
  • What antioxidants are in chocolate?
  • Can they help prevent cancer, obesity, diabetes, heart disease, and strokes?
  • Can chocolate improve brain function?
  • How chocolate loses nutritional value during processing
  • How changing just one meal a day can improve the environment
  • Suzy Amis Cameron’s moving story about why she adopted a plant-based diet
  • How she convinced her husband to go vegan


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