I am a confessed chocoholic. Is this good or bad?

PHOTO: I am a confessed chocoholic. Is this good or bad?

It's very good if you avoid confections laced with excessive sugar. There is growing evidence that cocoa is a potent therapeutic food. Eating this treat will do more than just satisfy the most powerful of cravings.

Cocoa may improve your health. It helps lower blood pressure and improves cardiovascular health. Flavonols found in cocoa, purple grape juice and tea directly act on the processing of nitric oxide. Polypherols in cocoa, just like in red wine, provide maximum protection against heart disease.

However, cocoa should be taken thick and diluted with minimal water and sugar in order to derive its optimal benefits. Cocoa found in candy bars is loaded with sugar and additives.

Make it a habit to have a cup of cocoa once daily. It should minimise your craving for candy bars. But if you cannot help yourself, go for dark chocolate instead of the milk-choco variety, because the former's oxygen-radical value is higher.

Because they are havens of health, I welcome choco-inspired caf├ęs. Here's a cup of cocoa for your well-being!