Food for Thought: Introducing Dark Chocolate
Welcome back, readers! Some of you might think picking dark chocolate is cheating. Well, it’s food, isn’t it? As a certain greeting card-fueled holiday is fast approaching, dark chocolate seems like an appropriate way to celebrate with your love or to celebrate some self-love.
This bitter substance begins as the humble cacao pod and has been consumed through the ages.
Talk with Your Mouth Full: The Dark Chocolate Debate
Obviously, there are some out there that might think anything falling under the umbrella of candy can’t possibly be healthy!
+ Dark Chocolate Boosts Mood
It’s no secret that a little bit of something sweet can brighten up your day. I’m definitely not an exception to this rule!
+ Dark Chocolate is Versatile
There are a lot of different ways to try some dark chocolate in your life. It can be drank or eaten; it’s naturally bitter, which makes it a complement to savory dishes or allows it to stand on its own.
+ Dark Chocolate is a Treat
I mean, it’s chocolate. We all know chocolate is a treat and some of us can’t get enough of the stuff.
That’s actually where some of the cons come in to play…
– It’s Still Chocolate
Sadly, our friend dark chocolate is also a foe if consumed in excess amounts. Though it is low in milk content, there is still saturated fat and calories to be considered here. If calorie counting or saturated fat excess are a concern, adding this food to your daily routine certainly won’t help matters.
– Too Much Dark Chocolate is Just Too Much
Most recommendations for adding dark chocolate into the day note that a little goes a long way. The great news is, this can count as a pro! One bar could last all week! The problem is that some people (let’s call them chocoholics because they also call themselves that) have a hard time quitting while they’re ahead in the chocolate game. While experts would say enough, the chocoholics might just crave more.
The Secret Ingredient: Dark Chocolate as a Remedy
This probably sounds like it’s an out-of-place science-fiction reference. Flavonoids are antioxidants found in dark chocolate. They act indirectly on blood pressure by supporting nitric oxide production. This leads to an overall reduction in blood pressure.
This element helps with carbohydrate and glucose metabolism, so having the right amount in your diet could prevent diabetes. Magnesium is also close friends with calcium. If you get enough magnesium, you are able to absorb calcium in your diet and calcium is the poster child for bone and teeth strength.
Zinc enhances immunity and is believed to help with memory.
Will adding dark chocolate to my diet prove to be sweet…or dark? Come back next Monday for The Findings!
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