After last night's Likud leadership election came to a close, with Netanyahu leading at 47%, Shalom at 33, and Moshe Feiglin at 15% (more than 3 times his previous showing), the real bad news has been confirmed by YNET. Israeli chocolate consumption has reached an all time low.
The CIA has reported that chocolate consumption per capita in Israel is among the lowest in the western world, totaling approximately 3 Kilograms (6.6 pounds) of chocolate per year.
The health benefits of chocolate are well known, and studies have found that a substance in cocoa helps the body process nitric oxide (NO), a compound critical for healthy blood flow and blood pressure. (Ariel Sharon should be reading this).
Another study showed that flavonols in cocoa prevent fat-like substances in the bloodstream from oxidizing and clogging the arteries, and make blood platelets less likely to stick together and cause clots. Other added bonuses exist as well.
Granted, there's no competition between fine British Chocolate such as Cadbury's and Israel's Elite chocolate, but for our own sake - please go out and eat some, today.
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