Is Chocolate Good For You?

Studies have found that indulging in a bit of chocolate from time to time (especially dark chocolate) is actually good for you.  Research has shown that the quality and quantity of antioxidants in chocolate is relatively high when compared to other high-antioxidant foods.  Chocolate contains flavonoids, a type of polyphenol antioxidant. Consuming polyphenols has been associated with the reduction of inflammation (such as with coronary artery disease).

What is dark chocolate?  Dark chocolate is chocolate without milk solids added.  The ingredients include cacao beans, sugar, vanilla, and frequently an emulsifier like soy lecithin (which is used to preserve the texture of the chocolate).  The number you see on bars of chocolate refer to the cocoa content, the percentage of cocoa solids contained in the bar.  Dark chocolate can range from 30% to 80%.  So, go ahead you chocolate lovers….Enjoy your chocolate it’s good for you (in moderation of course).

 

 

In this photo: Homemade Chocolate Almond Butter Cups with homemade Almond Butter (from Crispy Almonds, and Homemade Healthy Peppermint Patties made from Organic Virgin Coconut Oil, Organic Shredded Coconut, Peppermint Oil, and Honey.

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