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Chocolate and its effect on health - the good and bad | myVMC

Chocolate is a sugary food, high in fat and energy, which should be consumed in moderation. The consumption of cocoa, which gives chocolate its flavour, has a long history including consumption for medicinal purposes.

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What is Caffeine? | myVMC

Caffeine is a natural substance found in more than 60 plant species including tea leaves, coffee beans, guarana and cocoa seeds. It belongs to a group of drugs called methylxanthines, which have several stimulatory effects on the body.

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Chocolate - BluePages

Find out if chocolate is likely to help.

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ADF - Drug Facts - Caffeine

Caffeine is found in the seeds, nuts and leaves of plants, including: Coffea Arabica; Camelia sinensis; Cola acuminate; Theobroma cacao; Paulinia cupana.

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Heart Foundation Position Statement: Antioxidants in food, drinks and supplements for cardiovascular health | Nutrition Australia

In 2009 the Heart Foundation, along with an expert working group, reviewed the latest scientific evidence relating to fruit and vegetables; tea; coffee; cocoa and chocolate; red wine; and vitamin supplements.

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Chocolate Date Slice - myVMC recipe

Healthy, easy to make fruit and nut chocolate slice packed with flavour.

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In a spot of bother about enjoying chocolate? - All About Acne

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Topical preparations for preventing stretch marks in pregnancy | Cochrane

Stretch marks commonly develop during pregnancy, particularly in the third trimester. They affect 50% to 90% of women. They appear as red lines or streaks that fade slowly after the pregnancy to leave pale lines on the skin. The abdomen, breasts and thighs are most often affected. They do not disappear entirely, therefore any treatment which prevents them would be welcomed by many women. In this review, we identified randomised controlled trials and quasi-randomised controlled trials that compared topical creams, lotions and ointments containing active ingredients with placebo or no treatment, and topical preparations with active ingredients versus other topical preparations.

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Kids' Health - Topics - Caffeine

Caffeine is a drug because it has an effect on the body

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