In this article I will briefly and simply discuss the powerful health benefits of dark chocolate and how to choose the correct type by being aware of the ingredients.
At the end of this article you will be an 'mini expert'.
The powerful health benefits of dark chocolate is quite amazing. For starters it is believed a 40g bar of the dark stuff can contain double the amount of antioxidants than a glass of red wine. Chocolate and cocoa powder are derived from beans that are rich in natural antioxidants flavonoids called flavanols.
It's benefits have been linked to a lower risk of...heart disease, prostate cancer, lung cancer, asthma and type 2 diabetes. Oh, and you can ditch the aspirins too, as dark chocolate is believed to have a similar effect as aspirin.
So, how do you know if you are choosing the correct type of chocolate?
Here is a little guide to help you.
First rule, high cocoa content is the key here. You want less sugar and dairy fat. When looking at the labels on a bar, good dark chocolates will report their cocoa content by percent weight. You really want 70 per cent or higher. Remember it's the cocoa that contains the flavonols.
A general rule is that the higher the percentage of cocoa, the more bitter it will taste. But it is the bitterness that you want (not necessarily crave!), the more bitter, the more better it is for you. Don't worry, you will soon get used to, and appreciate, the richer taste of dark chocolate (and lack of sugar). Just think how healthy it is for you as you are munching away at it.
Small portions are all you really need to satisfy chocolate cravings. If you read the labels on chocolate, they can be confusing to say the least. However the first ingredient you need to be looking for should be cocoa.
Finally, on the powerful benefits of dark chocolate, studies have shown that it can also prevent blood from clotting, but watch how much you eat. Just a little warning...be aware that an ounce of it can contain up to a 11g of fat. So don't substitute it for a diet that is rich in vegetables and fruits. Just be sensible....and definitely enjoy!!
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