Chocolate has benefits beyond comforting a broken heart. Cacao has incredible nutritious benefits, but is bitter on its own, so that’s why we add milk, sugar, etc. It’s full of antioxidants, vitamins, minerals; and unlike other sweets that give you cavities, cacao contains theobromine which helps harden tooth enamel.
Some studies have even shown that dark chocolate helps curb food cravings, control blood sugar levels, raise good cholesterol, lower bad cholesterol, and even reduce stress and cortisol levels.
It’s still high in fat and sugar though, so don’t think you can gorge on it all day and every day. I know—it’s a nice thought, but no. And not all chocolate is made equal. So don’t go stocking up on Snickers and Butterfingers while you’re waiting in the checkout line. All the other stuff in chocolate bars dilute the benefits of cacao, but if you stick to chocolate with at least 70% cacao, you can still reap the benefits.
I don’t like bitter things, which is why I’ve never liked coffee. So for the same reasons, I never liked dark chocolate, but I’ve found that there are brands that make high quality chocolate bars, and if you get the ones with a little salt in them, or nuts, it helps balance out the bitterness. And actually, the really good ones, taste better than the cheaply made dark chocolates. There’s also chocolate with chili peppers in it, which I’ve yet to try, but I’m really curious so I think I’m going to have to.
Some brands I’ve tried and love include: Theo (the first Fair Trade and Fair for Life certified chocolate), and Chocolove (cutest wrappers, and I love the love poems on the inside of the wrappers).
Have a sweet day!
BIG LOVE & HUGS