The skinny on CHOCOLATE
What girl doesn’t love chocolate? Can you enjoy it without the guilt? The once guilty pleasure has gone from bad to a winner in recent years, research has shown benefits ranging from protecting your heart to improving your mood.
Chocolate’s healthful effects derive from its plant source, the cacao bean, which contains flavanols (antioxidants). There are 3 main types of chocolate; milk, white and dark.
With fewer flavanols (antioxidants) than dark, milk chocolate isn’t top choice. But you can pump up the benefits by going for a bar with a medium to high level of cacao and some nuts or dried fruit for an extra boost.
This is the least nutritious option, it doesn’t contain any cacao, the only thing it’s got going is it contains a small amount of calcium.
Dark colored, kinda bitter are the gold standard of healthy chocolate because they have the most cocoa.
After deciding what type of chocolate your going to have, check the label to make sure your choice is right. Cocoa butter should be on of the first few ingredients. Avoid corn syrup, cane sugar, or whole milk near the top of the ingredient list. Most 3.5 oz. bars are over 550 calories and 30-40 grams of fat!
Here are some great ideas for a chocolate treat:
Questions: (answer by leaving a comment)
1. What type of chocolate do you prefer?
Of course milk chocolate but recently my taste buds have been leaning towards the dark chocolate (I know crazy).
2. What is your favorite chocolate treat?
I have a to-die-for chocolate mayo cake recipe that originated from my grandma, my mouth is watering now as I’m typing.