Chocolate is the only ingredient that is its very own food group. Well not really – but it seems as if it should be. Powerfully comforting, creamy, delicious – many people eat chocolate several times a week. Which begs the question…is chocolate good for me? The answer is both yes and no. Let me explain:
Chocolate has been used for centuries to treat bronchitis, fatigue, hangovers, anemia, depression, memory loss, high blood pressure, sexual malaise, poor eyesight, and more. It also helps release that feel-good neurotransmitter – serotonin – in the brain. But eat the wrong kind and you’ll get loads of sugar, calories, and junky ingredients.
Chocolate begins life as raw cacao (pronounced kah-kow) beans. Loaded with antioxidants, minerals, vitamins, and plant phenols, cacao is a powerful superfood. However, the more processed cacao becomes (think commercially produced candy bars), the fewer healthy components remain. Follow these tips for responsible chocolate noshing:
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