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New Year’s Resolution: Eat More Chocolate


Orem, UT January 26, 2005 – We’re three weeks into 2005. Are you ready to break your New Year’s resolutions to lose weight and build a healthier lifestyle? Now you can keep your resolutions and indulge. Keep your resolutions by eating more chocolate! According to the researchers at Phytobase Nutritionals, dark chocolate is making a comeback among health enthusiasts due to its high level of antioxidants and benefits to cardiovascular health.

Mention the words “dark chocolate” and images of decadence and indulgence come to mind. Take those images, strip them of their palpable elements, and you’re left with some surprisingly favorable health properties. A Harvard study found that eating dark chocolate three times a month could prolong your life by one year. Another study done by Dundee University found that volunteers who ate dark chocolate cut the risk of developing blood clots by an astounding 75 percent. How? Cocoa is rich in flavonoids, which are chemicals derived from antioxidant-rich plants, and have a wide variety of nutritional benefits. These flavonoids can keep blood platelets from massing together – meaning a reduction in the risk of blood clots that could lead to heart attacks. “Dark chocolate…provides better blood flow through the vessels, which is good for the heart,” said Mary B. Engler, a professor of physiological nursing at the University of California-San Francisco’s School of Nursing. In addition to better blood flow, dark chocolate has also been known to lower blood pressure in elderly hypertensive patients.

Clinical studies examining the health benefits of dark chocolate are growing and nutritionists are taking note. Just when you thought it couldn’t get any better, the people at Phytobase Nutritionals have taken this dark chocolate research and added another benefit, Hoodia Gordonii. An appetite suppressant found in the African Kalahari desert, the Hoodia cactus is able to stave off hunger while attacking obesity. The San Bushmen, one of the world’s oldest and most primitive tribes, have been eating the Hoodia for thousands of years, blocking feelings of hunger and giving them energy while hunting or on long trips across the desert. CBS 60 Minutes correspondent, Lesley Stahl was led, into the Kalahari Desert of South Africa for an episode on this scientific breakthrough. When the plant was located, the aboriginal tracker cut off a stalk and offered it to Stahl, who after trying it described it as “a little cucumbery in texture, but not bad.” And did it work? Stahl said she experienced no after effects, wasn’t hungry all day and had no desire to eat or drink. “I’d have to say it did work,” said Stahl.

Phytobase has developed the first combination of sugar free, low carbohydrates dark chocolate and Hoodia Gordonii available on the market called Chocoleans™.

Sam Gur, CEO of Phytobase Nutritionals said, “Chocoleans™ are a dieters dream come true and a truly unique concept. In addition to the benefits of dark chocolate and Hoodia Gordonii, Chocoleans™ also contain an extract of wolfberries, highly regarded for their anti-aging properties. Besides lowering your blood pressure and blood sugar levels, the wolfberry also improves your body’s immune functions.”

Other products available through Phytobase Nutritionals currently on the market include Hoodia DeLite™, a patent-pending meal replacement shake with Hoodia Gordonii, and HoodiaLean™, an appetite suppressant.

So, don’t break your New Year’s resolution to live a healthy life, go ahead and add dark chocolate to the ‘hale and hearty’ list. Apparently, sinfully delicious is now available without the sin.

About Phytobase Nutritionals:
Phytobase Nutritionals, Inc. is a Utah-based corporation that specializes in research and development of cutting edge nutritional products and functional foods.


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