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especially the dark variety, is not only delicious but is also healthy.
Although it is difficult to make oneself eat small amounts, there are too many
calories in a larger portion because of the saturated fat. Eating too much
defeats the benefits that chocolate can give you. You can have 3 1/2 ounces of
dark chocolate once a day (about half a candy bar) and look forward to that
pleasure daily rather than have to give up chocolate altogether if you are on
Cocoa beans have been around for millions of years in the South American rain
forests, and its botanical name means "food of the gods". The cacao tree was
worshipped by the Aztecs and Mayans.
There are seven varieties of chocolate, but the ones we are most familiar with
1. Bitter (unsweetened) with no sugar added, is mostly used for baking.
2. Bittersweet (semi-sweet) contains more cocoa butter, some sugar, and about
50% "liquor" (from processed cacao beans).
3. Milk chocolate, the most consumed, only contains a small amount of cocoa
and also has powdered or condensed milk.
4. White chocolate has the highest amount of sugar along with milk fats and
solids. Since it contains little to no cocoa, it doesn't offer the minerals
and vitamins of "real" chocolate.
Unsweetened cocoa powder has heart-healthy flavonoids, is sugar-free, low-fat,
is very low in sodium and cholesterol, and is a good source of dietary fiber,
potassium, zinc, protein, magnesium, phosphorus, and copper.
Many studies have shown that chocolate has antibacterial components that can
help prevent tooth decay and cavities, as long as it is not in products with
high amounts of sugar, and is a better choice than hard or sticky candies.
There are also a number of antioxidants which aid your body in releasing the
toxins caused by free radicals which can cause heart and other diseases. It
also contains anti-inflammatories, minerals, and vitamins. Dark chocolate also
lowers blood pressure.
It is surprising, but an ounce of chocolate only has the same amount of
caffeine as a whole cup of decaffeinated coffee. Depending on where the beans
are grown, the taste is different.
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