Eating for Your Health: Dark Chocolate

Dark Chocolate

Dark chocolate is one of the few things we consider dessert that is also considered healthy.  It is high in antioxidants, fiber, iron, magnesium, manganese, copper, zinc, phosphorus, and potassium.  

So, what does that nutritional information mean to you, that is what does it do?  Well, with the disclaimer that not all studies show the same thing, it is generally thought that dark chocolate may lower blood pressure and reduce LDL cholesterol (the bad kind), both of which improve heart health.  It may also improve your mood, and increase blood flow, which may reduce the risk of blood clots.

But, with that in mind, should you go out and eat copious quantities of dark chocolate?  Probably not.  It is high in fat, calories, and sugar.  But eating a little, is a good idea.  Just keep these tips in mind:

1.  You want dark chocolate – not milk chocolate.  In fact, don’t even drink milk with your chocolate because it keeps your body from using its antioxidants.

2.  You don’t have to add it to more fat and sugar to make it taste good.  Dark chocolate is good right by itself.  And, I am pretty sure that the negatives of  adding it to cookies or cake are going to outweigh the positives.

3.  Try it with fruit.  Fruit is good right by itself too, but dipping it in dark chocolate can make it even better.  Plus, if you prefer sweeter chocolate, the fruit can add some sweetness to your dark chocolate.

4.  Remember, darker is better.  The darker it is, the more good stuff that is in it, so eat it as dark as you can and still enjoy it.

Sources:   University of Michigan Health System

                     Science Daily

                    Authority Nutrition 

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