Dark Chocolate.. our favorite Super Food
For many of us, this is a dream come true. The interesting thing is that that once you think of chocolate as a food that’s beneficial to health, even though you still love and enjoy it, because it’s no longer “forbidden,” you’re somehow less tempted to gorge on it.
This does not mean that you should toss out the quinoa and lentils and fill your pantry with chocolate.
We find a few simple rules are great to follow when it comes to Chocolate:
• Keep your daily dark chocolate intake to about 100 calories per day.
• Eat only dark chocolate.
Unfortunately to reap the health benefits you can’t eat all you want. It’s high in calories and if you eat too much of it you can gain weight. Depending on your weight and activity level, chocolate should be a small treat, a little healthy indulgence that will have to be accounted for in your overall calorie intake/activity equation.
In addition, Dark chocolate seems to contribute to lowering blood pressure, increasing blood flow, and ultimately contributing to a healthy heart.
Also, it is a myth that chocolate is loaded with caffeine. While there is some caffeine in chocolate, it’s not much. In a typical chocolate bar, the caffeine content ranges from 1 to 11 mg. An 8-ounce cup of coffee has about 137 mg of caffeine.
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