Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Dark Chocolate Basics

Did you know that chocolate contains many of the health benefits of dark vegetables?! That's why I eat a few squares a day. Many people don't know what to look for in order to fully reap the benefits of chocolate. Here's the low down:
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

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