It’s dark. It’s creamy. And, has just the right amount of sweetness without being overbearing. It’s dark chocolate. Dark chocolate is the “authentic” version of what is often found at the checkout shelves in “big-box” department stores and grocery stores. And it’s also healthy for you.
Dark chocolate, as well as other kinds of chocolate, is made from a plant, and as such contains main of the health benefits of your darker vegetables such as broccoli and many greens. Cacao, the main ingredient in chocolate, contains flavonoids,which can act as antioxidants in the body. Dark chocolate contains higher levels of these flavenoids than its milk and white counterparts.
Dark chocolate is a powerful antioxidant according to Dr. M. Serafini of Italy’s National Institute for Food and Nutrition Research in Rome. Antioxidants can help to eliminate and destroy free radicals, those nasty little molecules that may cause heart disease and other illnesses. One ounce of dark chocolate can give you a full daily supply of iron and magnesium. Furthermore, the natural chemicals in dark chocolate cause your brain to release serotonin, the “feel-good” chemical of the brain.
How dark must the dark chocolate be? In order to obtain the highest nutritional benefits, the chocolate must be at least 65% pure cacao. In addition, try to stay away from any added ingredients, such as nougats, caramel or other sugary fillings.
Not only is dark chocolate good for you, but it can also make you feel good physically and mentally. What would be a better holiday gift for a loved one than a gift of health that tastes good too?