The Darker the Better
The Darker the Better: Dark Chocolate Facts & Benefits
On special occasions, when you are craving something sweet and delicious – grab some dark chocolate. Please note, that for some, chocolate is what I call a “trigger food”. A trigger food is one that cannot be eaten in moderation- a food that sends you over the edge with cravings for more of it or for other foods. If this is the case for you, letting go of this food will better serve you. If eating one square is totally manageable- read on!
Dark chocolate comes from a plant, is rich in antioxidants and contains high levels of minerals. This decadent treat also contains less sugar than milk chocolate. Dark chocolate contains 50 to 90% of cocoa solids, cocoa butter and sugar. Lower quality chocolates may add butter fat, vegetable oils, or artificial colors or flavorings. You always want to make sure you are selecting at least 70% cocoa content or higher to get the most benefits.
Cocoa is rich in plant chemicals called flavanols that may help protect the heart and improve blood flow. Did you know that 70% cocoa content or higher contain the most flavanols? Antioxidants, like flavanol, help counteract free radicals in the body to keep the cells and tissues protected from damage. Dark chocolate may also help increase insulin sensitivity and reduce inflammation. Keep in mind, if eaten in excess – it can cause weight gain.
Dark Chocolate is rich in:
Fact: 2 oz of 70% dark chocolate contains 50-60mg of caffeine. In comparison, an 8oz cup of coffee contains 100-200mg of caffeine.
Awareness Challenge this week: Next time you have that late evening sweet tooth go break off a square of frozen dark chocolate and pick up a book to read.
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Happiness is… Dark Chocolate!
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Information above was provided by Harvard Education.