Dark Chocolate: A Healthy Indulgence

 

 

 

According to Webmd, dark chocolate has a multitude of health benefits!  To name a few:

 

  • It’s been proven to lower blood pressure
  • It is packed with antioxidants that eliminate free radicals
  • It contains essential vitamins and minerals including Iron, Magnesium, Copper, and Manganese
  • It has been shown to lower bad cholesterol and increase good cholesterol
  • It may lower the risk of cardiovascular disease
  • It contains flavonoids that protect skin against harmful sun rays
  • It improves brain function; it reduces food cravings, helping you lose weight
  • t improves insulin sensitivity, helping prevent diabetes
  • It improves your mood – awesome!

 

So we’re convinced dark chocolate is good for us.  But what exactly do we mean by “dark chocolate”?  

 

  • Focus on the cocoa: when it comes to chocolate, the higher cocoa percentage, the better.  Shoot for at least 70% cocoa, and aim for higher if you can tolerate it.  

 

  • Reduce sugar: sugar can wreak havoc on our systems, so do your best to reduce or eliminate the amount of sugar in your chocolate
  • Eliminate milk: do your best to find dairy free dark chocolate.  No milk and no milk products.  Milk causes inflammation in our bodies and prevents the absorption of chocolate’s many nutrients.
  • Portion control: when indulging, stick to a small amount per day.  1-2 squares is all you need to reap the benefits of dark chocolate.

 

 

So go forth and indulge!  Healthily 🙂