Yes it is true. High quality PLAIN DARK CHOCOLATE is now known to have positive health benefits. Eating 50 grams (2 oz.) a day of plain dark chocolate with a minimum cocoa content of 70% or more can be beneficial to your health. “Chocolate is a perfect food, as wholesome as it is delicious, a beneficent restorer of exhausted power. It is the best friend of those engaged in literary pursuits”. Baron Justus von Liebig (1803-1873) German chemist.
THE HEALTH BENEFITS OF CHOCOLATE
Yes, it is true. Chocolate which is high in cocoa solids (70% or more) is now recognized as having many qualities that are beneficial to health-
- Chocolate contains essential trace elements and nutrients such as iron, calcium, potassium and vitamins A, B1, C, D and E.
- Cocoa is also the highest natural source for magnesium. Magnesium deficiency is linked with hypertension, heart disease, diabetes, joint problems and premenstrual tension (PMT or PMS).
There are benefits in chocolate for both men and women:
- The high magnesium content of chocolate is beneficial for the Cardiovascular System and hypertension.
- It is a premenstrual drop in progesterone levels which is responsible for the violent mood swings familiar to so many women (and their families). Adding magnesium to a sufferers diet has proven to increase premenstrual progesterone levels, thus helping to alleviate the symptoms.
WHAT IS THE HEALTHIEST CHOCOLATE?
It’s a fact that plain dark chocolate containing a minimum 70% or more cocoa solids are the healthiest and the best way to satisfy a craving for chocolate without consuming too much sugar and saturated fat or HVO. If you are a milk chocolate lover choose products with a minimum of 40% cocoa solids. White chocolate is by far the unhealthiest, but if you must, look for a minimum of 30% cocoa butter.
Chocolate lovers go wrong by choosing cheap and not so cheap “brand name” or other chocolate, or chocolate low in cocoa solids. Some cake coverings can contain less than 7% cocoa solids. All are high in sugar, saturated fats and HVO (Hydrogenated Vegetable Oil) so can be disastrous for both teeth and health.
Incidentally, filled chocolates, both commercial and handmade, are some of the worst culprits with fillings consisting almost exclusively of flavored fondant and Praline. Fondant is virtually 100% sugar and Praline can be just as bad.
BUT ALL’S NOT DOOM AND GLOOM!
If you love chocolates Aphrodite’s Janet has developed her fillings using “no sugar added”. All are high in cocoa solids with much less sugar than that found in fondant fillings. She covers the centers with only the finest chocolate covertures containing 72%+ cocoa for plain chocolate, 43% cocoa for milk chocolate and 30% cocoa butter for white chocolate.
They are not only deliciously different but the fillings generally contain far less sugar than many “brand name” and other chocolates. Eating less sugar is definitely healthier.
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