Let yourself be tempted by the perfect pair!
Let yourself be tempted by the perfect pair! Are you planning a small dinner with your partner, family or friends? Here is the perfect hot strawberry fudge for the occasion. Simple, quick and delicious! This recipe can be made ahead, just need a little 10 seconds in the microwave on reduced power (50%) and the fudge is ready. Variations are included, just to give you a good "excuse" to do it again ...
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Dark chocolate is rich in iron, copper, magnesium, zinc, phosphorus, and flavonoids. Choose a dark chocolate with 70% and more cocoa for the most flavonoids. Chocolate is one of the richest foods in flavonoids, antioxidants contained in cocoa powder. Flavanols have been shown to promote the production of nitric oxide (NO) in the vascular endothelium (the inner wall of blood vessel cells) which helps relax blood vessels and improve blood circulation, thereby lowering pressure arterial. [1,2] The flavanols in chocolate may increase insulin sensitivity in short-term studies, and in the long term, this may reduce the risk of type 2 diabetes. [3,4]
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|The higher the percentage of cocoa, the higher the caffeine content. Two ounces of 70% dark chocolate contains about 50 to 60 mg of caffeine. In comparison, an 8-ounce cup of coffee contains 100-200 milligrams of caffeine.|
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