Thursday, July 12, 2012

Dark Chocolate - Why Is Dark Chocolate Considered Healthy?

Dark chocolate is healthy and a good for you treat! This is quite a relief to those of us who consider ourselves chocoholics. I admit I am a chocoholic. I love milk chocolate but it is full of sugar and we all know that consuming high levels of sugar is not good for you for many reasons.

Dark chocolate is a low glycemic alternative and is considered a heart healthy food. This is because it is rich in antioxidants which protect us from disease and slow down the aging process by fighting those pesky free radicals. Another benefit is that it has also been shown in recent studies to help our memory. This is good to know if you are growing older and perhaps a little more forgetful. Perhaps a small bar would be a wise snack while studying for an exam! It boasts nutritional benefits that can compete with healthy green veggies like broccoli and spinach. Be careful though, it is not low in calories. Just remember - everything in moderation - don't consume more than one small bar per day.

Now not all dark chocolate is alike, be sure that the bar you are consuming contains at least 70 percent cocoa. This should be on the label and If the label says its dark with no percentage of cocoa given then it's not the healthy bar you are looking for.

There have been some improvements in the taste as well. It is not as bitter tasting as it has been known to be in the past. If you haven't tried some recently, it is worth trying again. It has a much creamier taste now, granted not as creamy as milk chocolate but still quite good considering its healthy benefits.

Many large candy companies are now producing dark chocolate versions of their most popular milk chocolate bars. Give one a try today and here's to your health!

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