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Mint Chocolate Mousse (V)

Mint Chocolate Mousse

Studies demonstrate that including chocolate rich in flavanols like dark chocolate made with 70% cocoa can help reduce cardiovascular disease risk. Remember – a little dark chocolate goes a long way! Even dark chocolate bars are a high-calorie snack.

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    Cleveland Clinic is committed to helping you achieve optimal health and well-being. Eating well is the cornerstone of a healthy lifestyle. Scientific evidence that links eating habits to increased risk of certain diseases and conditions proves that “you are what you eat.”

    That’s why Cleveland Clinic dietitians and wellness experts developed Go! Foods® – to give you the green light so you’re sure you’re making the healthiest food selections. Our nutrition experts certify that foods carrying the Go! Foods® label meet national nutritional guidelines. Cleveland Clinic’s Go! Foods® program makes it easier to find the most healthy food choices.

    All Go! Foods® meet these nutritional criteria:

    • Minimal Saturated Fat: less than 4 grams for main dishes; less than 2 grams for side dishes, soups and desserts
      Reason: Saturated fats "harden" arteries and cause high LDL cholesterol, which increases the risk of heart attack, stroke and some cancers
    • No Trans Fat
      Reason: Trans fat has no redeeming qualities! It increases bad LDL cholesterol and decreases good HDL cholesterol, raising the risk of heart attack and stroke.
    • Minimal Added Sugars and Syrups: less than 4 grams for main dishes and desserts; less than 2 grams for side dishes and soups
      Reason: Adding sugar adds empty calories and causes blood sugar to fluctuate.
    • 100% Whole Grain
      Reason: Whole grains are a vital source of fiber. Fiber has been shown to decrease the risk of heart disease, stroke, and certain cancers, maintain blood sugar and insulin levels, assist with regular bowel movements and keep you feeling fuller longer.
    • Minimal Sodium: No more than 600 mg in entrees; 480 mg in sides and desserts
      Reason: High sodium intake is associated with high blood pressure, increased risk of stroke and worsening of kidney disease, heart failure and other conditions.

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    “The more closely you adhere to the Mediterranean diet, the lower your chance of having disease or disability, the lower your chance of having a health event like a heart attack, and the younger your RealAge. So while you’re enjoying delicious foods such as grilled fish or a tomato and cucumber salad, you’ll know that you’re making yourself younger.”
    ~ Michael F. Roizen, MD, Chief Wellness Officer and Chair of the Wellness Institute

    Reviewed: 09/14

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