The very thought of eating chocolate will often make health conscious people shudder. This is because of a misconception that chocolates are bad for health and that it is only good for people who wants to put on weight. Chocolate has been maligned for so long by dieters and nutritionists that it is very hard to talk about eating chocolate without having some guilt attached to it.
Well, if you love chocolate and has been eating it guiltily, then be assured that eating chocolates can be good for you! Yes, chocolate is good for you! Believe it! But, be warned. Not all chocolates are good. You will need to learn to use the good chocolates rather than go for the really sinful ones that you should rightly feel guilty about.
Here’s a simple guide to choosing the kinds of chocolate that do not have guilt attached to it:
- Go for Dark healthy chocolate: the darker the chocolate, the healthier it is. This is because dark chocolate has higher antioxidant content. With a high amount of antioxidant, it is known to prevent heart disease and high blood pressure.
- Choose dark chocolate with cocoa content of more than 70% – the higher the cocoa content, the more nutritious the chocolate is. A good healthy chocolate has high cocoa content which contained flavonoids, an antioxidant.
- Choose chocolates with low sugar or no sugar added- these may be sweetened with artificial sweeteners so the taste may not be as sweet as regular chocolates but at least you know that it will not affect your blood sugar level and it definitely won’t be the cause of diabetes.
Now that you know chocolates aren’t all bad for you, you can go right out to purchase some for some healthy indulgence. However, do practise moderation as chocolates do still contain calories and over consumption may still lead to obesity.