Are you feeling nervous about the prospect of all the chocolatey temptations on offer? Don’t be, chocolate – at least the good quality variety is packed with important nutrients.
Try to steer clear of regular milk and white chocolate, they tend to be highly processed and contain lots of added sugar – which as we all know is not good for the waistline. In addition, consuming lots of sugar can disrupt blood glucose balance and be inflammatory for the body. Sugar can also be a culprit when it comes to poor digestion, which can have a knock on effect on skin health.
Always aim for dark chocolate that is 70% cocoa and over – this way, you’re maximising the nutritional benefits. Even better – choose organic to avoid chemicals used in processing that can be stressful for the body. Feeling experimental? It is much easier than you might think to make your own healthy chocolate from scratch, check out our recipe and enjoy a sweet treat for all the family.
Check out our top 5 reasons to indulge, totally guilt free!
- Cacao beans are packed with magnesium – roughly 270 mg per every 100 g. Magnesium is a key mineral for muscle function, the nervous system and our heart. Magnesium is also known as ‘nature’s relaxant’, so a tiny bit of chocolate before bed may actually help us wind down!
- Chocolate also contains other essential minerals, including iron, manganese, zinc and copper.
- A high percentage chocolate can have enough antioxidant power to rival berries! Polyphenols, flavanols, catechins help to ‘mop up’ damage from ‘free radicals’ – a vital role in reducing inflammation in the body.
- Chocolate contains a chemical called anandamide, which makes you feel happy and elated. It is definitely a feel-good food!
- Studies have linked small amounts of raw, dark chocolate to weight-loss, low blood pressure and decreased risk of heart disease.