Chocolate for your heart! YES! I’m not kidding!
Chocolate is good for blood flow, which means it’s good for your heart.
- Controlling cholesterol
- Lowering blood pressure
- Reducing your risk of blood clots
- Inhibiting sticky platelets
- Improving blood flow to your vital organs
But not all chocolate is created equal. Let me tell you about the healthy antioxidants in chocolate and what else is inside, then take your pick…Make the best choice for the health of your heart.
(also called semi-sweet chocolate)
Dark chocolate has to contain at least 35% cocoa to be called dark.
The rest is cocoa butter (the natural fat of the cocoa bean), sugar, an emulsifier (what holds ingredients together; often lecithin), and vanilla or other flavorings. Milk may be added to soften texture.
➡ The darker the better!
➡ Eat chocolate with the highest cocoa content — 70% to 85%.
➡ Plain dark chocolate provides the greatest benefit. Avoid fillings unless they are nuts or dried or fresh fruit.
➡ A little goes a long way. Enjoy up to 1 oz. daily. Be sure to trim calories elsewhere to avoid weight gain.
➡ Standard larger chocolate bars are around 3.5 oz (about 100 g), so a good rule of thumb is to eat no more than 1/3 of the bar at a time.
Nutrition: 8-12 g fat 0 g trans fat (per 1 oz or 28.4 g)
- Provides magnesium, iron, potassium, calcium and trace amounts of vitamins
The FDA requires that milk chocolate contain at least 10% cocoa and at least 12% dry milk solids.
Like dark chocolate, the rest is cocoa butter, sugar, an emulsifier (often lecithin), and vanilla or other flavorings.
➡ Eat in limited amounts. Milk chocolate is filled with more sugar and fat than dark chocolate.
➡ Read ingredients on the package to know what you’re getting.
Nutrition: 12+ g fat (per 1 oz or 28.4 g) Provides potassium and trace amounts of vitamins
A derivative of chocolate, it is made of 20% (or more) of cocoa butter and up to 55% sugar, plus milk solids, lecithin, vanilla and other flavorings.
Recommendation: • Avoid or eat in very limited amounts!
Nutrition: Not much — It’s mostly sugar and fat
So there you have it! Enjoy!