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Dark Chocolate- Is It Really Good For You?

Dark chocolate, is it really good for you?

We have clients often telling us how they eat dark chocolate and they are proud of making such a healthy decision in terms of desserts or snack foods. But is it that good for you?

The good news

Yes dark chocolate does have some positive health benefits. The raw cocoa can be an excellent source of antioxidants. Cocoa is also a great source of many vitamins and minerals including iron, magnesium, phosphorous, zinc, copper and manganese, just to name a few!

There has also been limited studies showing dark chocolate could potentially improve blood flow, decrease risks of cardiovascular disease, lower inflammation and improve brain function.

The not so good news

To get the high intakes of these nutrients you actually need to eat quite a high amount of cocoa. So, even if you are eating dark chocolate rich in antioxidants, vitamins and minerals, at the end of the day they are still high in calories! So think about why you are eating it in the first place, do you want to loose weight? You might want to put that chocolate down, honestly it is far better to get your calories elsewhere. To put it into perspective a 100g bar has 600 calories!

Milk vs Dark

If we are looking at a true dark chocolate compared to milk chocolate, then absolutely dark chocolate is superior in terms of antioxidants, vitamins and minerals. Furthermore, it also has half the sugar and four times the fibre of milk chocolate. Milk chocolate has more milk and less cocoa but at the end of the day both varieties are equal in calories and fat.

There are many different varieties of dark chocolate and they aren’t all equal! If deciding on which is the best to eat, go for quality chocolate, one with at least 70% cocoa. Generally speaking these are your true dark chocolate varieties which are more bitter,contain less sugar and can come in organic varieties.

All in all, you should be able to enjoy a square or two of quality chocolate , but remember the calories and  don’t overindulge which is so easy to do!

 

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