Wednesday, April 27, 2011
Dark Chocolate Basics
What are the benefits of dark chocolate?
* Flavanoids/Antioxidants that fight free radicals; reducing heart disease, high blood
pressure, and fight high cholesterol.
* stimulates endorphin and serotonin production
What to look for on the label:
* First ingredient must be unsweetened chocolate or cocoa (WARNING: steer clear of "dark"
chocolate bars that list sugar, corn syrup, or milk chocolate as the first ingredient)
* 65% or higher cocoa to gain antioxidant and health benefits
* the fewer the ingredients the better- make sure they are "clean" ingredients (no HFCS, dyes, etc)
* look for certified fair trade chocolate (available at Trader Joes). Many cacao beans are harvested
in an unjust fashion which can include child labor. By purchasing fair trade you ensure that
the people harvesting your chocolate are treated fairly and paid an acceptable wage.
Remember to take the time to SAVOR your chocolate. While it's good for you, it's still a high-calorie/fat food. Consumption recommendation is no more than 3.5 ounces a day.
To learn more about Fair Trade Click Here
Health Benefits of Chocolate- About.Com
Dark Chocolate is Healthy Chocolate- WebMD