Is Chocolate good for you?
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.
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!)
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!)
Chocolate Frequently Asked Questions
How do I pick perfect equipment for working chocolate?
What kind of baking pans should I buy?
How do I pick a muffin tin?
Do I need an Instant Read Thermometer?
Should I get a Piping Bag?
Do I need a set of Dry Measuring Cups?
Do I need measuring spoons
What other pans should I purchase?
Do I need Parchment Paper?
Do I need Wire Cooling Racks?
Should I have a Rolling Pin?
Do I need a Sifter?
What is Unsweetened Chocolate?
What is Bittersweet and Semisweet chocolate?
What is Milk Chocolate?
What is Unsweetened Cocoa Powder?
What is Dutch Cocoa?
What is White Chocolate?
What is Chocolate Liquor?
Is Chocolate good for you?
Are all chocolate created equal?
What do I do when chocolate seizes and hardens while melting?
Are there chocolate clubs that deliver less often than once a month?
What should I consider when ordering a chocolate club membership as a gift?
What's better than a chocolate of the month club membership?
How can I get more from my chocolate club membership?
How can I find other chocoholics like me?
Are there other "of-the-month" clubs besides chocolate?
How can I make a homemade chocolate of the month club?
What should I keep in mind when picking a chocolate club?
How can I use a chocolate club in my fundraiser?
I need to treat myself. Any suggestions?
How can I get a discount on chocolate?
How can I get a wider variety of chocolate?
What's a fun activity for my chocoholic friends?
I'm tired of my book club. What else can I do monthly with my friends?
What's the easiest way to send chocolate by mail?
How do I store chocolate?
How do I send homemade chocolate by mail?
How do I package chocolate for mailing?
I've heard of chocolate with surprises inside. What is this?
How can I mail chocolate that won't melt?
How can I mail the freshest chocolate dessert?
How can I use my extra homemade chocolate syrup?
How can I tell if the chocolate I got in the mail is still good?
What's a chocolate wedding favor that is truly unique?
Can you recommend a personilze chocolate favor in a non-traditional shape?
Is there a way to make my wedding guests feel as happy as I do?
What's a classy way to present chocolate favors?
What can I top my cake with besides the traditional bride and groom statues?
What's the benefit of buying chocolate favors online?
Can you recommend a wedding favor that is personal, but classic?
What is the history of the chocolate wedding favor?
What's a chocolate wedding favor that I can make myself?
How can I save on chocolate wedding favors?
How can I give a chocolate favor that compliments my wedding colors?
What's an easy chocolate wedding favor to make?
Is it possible to find a chocolate wedding favor to match my theme?
What chocolate favor could I make that could double as a centerpiece?
What is a common wedding favor that I could use?
What is the best chocolate for baking?
Is it ok to substitute different kinds of chocolate for each other in baking?
Can you give me an easy chocolate fondue recipe?
How can I get the most enjoyment from my chocolate?
Why shouldn't I stick with my favorite chocolates every time?
What"s so great about dark chocolate?
What's an easy idea for a chocolate themed party?
How can I remember to take my calcium supplement?
Is there kosher chocolate?
Is Belgian chocolate worth the price?
How can I get the most benefit from dark chocolate?
What is white chocolate?
Who decides the difference between dark chocolate and milk chocolate?
Why is chocolate so good?
How can I get a chocolate fountain for my party?
Can any good brand of chocolate be used for dipping strawberries and still set up hard when cool? If not, can anything be done to it or added to the melted chocolate to ensure it will set up hard to the touch?
How do I make a chocolate dip for fruits? What kind of fruits are best to dip into it?
Why is it important to wrap a chocolate?
Can you tel me if carob chips have oxalates (Kidney stone causing substance) in them?