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Is Chocolate good for you?

Eating the right amount of Chocolate

Current recommendation is 50 grams (2 oz) of plain dark (the highest % cocoa you can find and enjoy eating) a day. This gives you a delicious source of Magnesium, plus some of the key vitamins - A, B1, C, D, and E.

   
Is Chocolate good for you?

Picking the best Brand

For top tasting chocolate bars - go for the European bars like Dolfin or Cote D'Or (available at www.ed-foods.com/sweetshop.html), or look for bars in your local shop with a high cocoa rating (over 60% for sure - 70% is even better. Avoid chocolates with fillings (like truffles). They contain a tremendous amount of sugar (not good - but delicious), rather than a lot of chocolate (good and delicious!)

   
Is Chocolate good for you?

Feeling Better

Believe it or not - adding 50 g (2 oz) of dark chocolate to your diet daily will help if you suffer from violent mood swings during PMS.

The problem can be a pre-menstrual drop in progesterone levels, and adding magnesium to your diet has been shown to increase progesterone levels, thus alleviating the problem.

   
Is Chocolate good for you?

Chocloate and Vitamins

Yes, Chocolate is actually not a bad source of Vitamins A, B1, C, D and E - and it tastes a lot better than a Vitamin Pill

   
Is Chocolate good for you?

White and Milk Chocolate

Generally speaking, neither white chocolate nor milk chocolates are as 'good' for you as dark chocolate. The differences are in the % cocoa and the amount of sugar. Since dark chocolate has the most % cocoa and the least sugar and fat, by definition, dark chocolate is going to be better for you. That said - if you go for really high quality chocolates (like Dolfin, Cote D'Or, Godiva, or Cachet), in general you are getting less sugar and saturated fats - and more of the good stuff - cocoa butter and chocolate liquor.

   
Is Chocolate good for you?

Fondant

Commercially produced Fondant is a commonly used filling in chocolate truffles. And that's a problem. Since it can be almost 100% sugar - it may taste good - but it's not going to have any of the chocolate good stuff - and that's not great. The best thing - ask! If you are buying hand made chocolate - the seller should know if they are made using commercial fondant. And in any case - the ingredient list is a great clue - if the chocolate isn't telling you the % cocoa butter - it is probably low (on average 20%) - and that's not what you want.

   
Is Chocolate good for you?

Saturated Fats

Depending on the brand and % cocoa of the chocolate you choose - there will be some technically 'saturated' fats. But the fat in high quality chocolates can be considered cholesterol free as it does not fur up the arteries or contribute to high cholesterol levels.

   
Is Chocolate good for you?

Trace elements, etc.

Not only does chocolate containing 60% or more chocolate solids contain vitamins, it also contains Iron, Calcium, and Potassium. More importantly, it is the largest natural source of Magnesium.

   
Is Chocolate good for you?

Magnesium and Chocolate

As long as you are talking chocolate with at least 60% chocolate solids - you are also talking about the largest natural source of Magnesium. And why Magnesium? It's great for you of course.

Magnesium deficiency has been linked with all kinds of aliments - from hypertension, to heart disease, diabetes, joint problems and pre-menstrual tension (PMT or PMS).

(Course I get PMS just thinking about not having my daily chocolate!)

   
Are all chocolate created equal?

Why not all chocolate is equal

While chocolate starts the same way - with cocoa beans, the way it is processed - and more importantly - the amount of actual chocolate in a chocolate bar - varies enormously. And basically - the amount you pay is a pretty decent indicator of the quality of the chocolates. Common brands, like Hershey's and Nestle, may actually contain very little cocoa butter or chocolate liquor. Checking labels is of course critical.

   
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