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Why You Should Snack on Dark Chocolate

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Lovely chocolate - but is it healthy?

Almost everyone loves chocolate, but we all know how too much chocolate can be bad for you. The trouble is that with milk chocolates, even just a little portion is already too much. After all milk chocolates have very high sugar content, in fact a bar of Hersheys chocolate is equivalent to about 7 teaspoons of sugar! Because of this, we know that it is best to stay away from chocolate (although the knowing and the doing are two different things!).

Thankfully, there is a kind of chocolate that we can all snack on without feeling too guilty that we’re ruining our health. Dark chocolate is touted to have a good number of health benefits.

The main health benefit of dark chocolate is that it helps lower blood pressure as well as bad
cholesterol. In fact, it can lower bad cholesterol (LDL) by up to 10 percent. With heart diseases fast becoming the number one killer in today’s society, anything that can help us keep our blood pressure and cholesterol in check is a good thing.

To be honest though, perhaps one of the best things about dark chocolate is that it helps people stave of their cravings for chocolate and still benefit from it. Maybe it’s because it tastes good or more probably because, like ordinary chocolate, it also stimulates endorphin production, which we know gives everyone a feeling of pleasure.

Dark chocolate is also great for helping keep away the blues because it contains an anti-
depressant called serotonin. So the next time you feel quite down, grabbing some dark
chocolate or cooking up some dark chocolate will surely not only satisfy your sweet tooth, but also give you a real happy hormone boost.

When choosing which dark chocolate to go with, remember that the higher the percentage
on the wrapper, the less the sugar will be. It will of course be more bitter, but they’ll richer in
protein and fat (note: That would be healthy fats!), making them richer in taste. It is admittedly an acquired taste to munch on dark chocolate, but using them as a substitute for recipes should be no problem.

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Comments

  1. Andy Merrett says:

    I never used to like dark chocolate much, but I now love it. If you’re not sure, give it a chance, because I can almost guarantee the rush you get from decent dark chocolate is much greater than anything you’ll get from milk chocolate.

    Yes, I still like milk chocolate, but dark is definitely good. How high a percentage dare you go? It might be more bitter but it’s really good. Also, dark chocolate is much better for adding more adventurous ingredients to — chillies anyone?

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