Next time you walk through the grocery store looking for healthy food, do not forget to take a tablet dark chocolate. No, this is not a joke! According to the researchers, eating about 1 or 2 ounces of black organic chocolate every day could have important health benefits.
It is important to note that we are talking about black chocolate here. More specifically, organic dark chocolate made from 70% or more cocoa content or raw cocoa. This type of chocolate is far from Hershey chocolate bar with milk, cocoa containing limited quantities.
A mini chocolate lesson
Looking for that perfect black bar of chocolate, you will notice the word “cacao” written in some of the packages. You will also notice other packages with the word “cacao” written on it. Although many people believe that the two are the same (only written differently), which is not the case. In fact, they are slightly different.
Cocoa is a grain growing in a cocoa plant. Cocoa is the crudest form of chocolate out there. It is naturally rich in antioxidants and is known to have health benefits.
Cocoa is a term used for the cocoa bean after it has been harvested. In short, cocoa refers to refined product of cocoa.
health benefits of chocolate black
The higher the cocoa content of cocoa or healthier than chocolate. For a list of health benefits associated with consumption of black chocolate, check out the following infographic (article continues below).
What makes Dark Chocolate That Healthy?
While the black chocolate contains key vitamins and minerals, researchers attribute their condition superfood our gut microbes. According to researchers friendly intestinal bacteria break down and ferment compounds in black chocolate. This process creates anti-inflammatory effects, to the benefit of health.
As mentioned in the previous computer graphics, black chocolate is a probiotic food. This means that promotes a healthy intestinal microbiome. A healthy gut has a positive impact on overall health.
Click here to see the many benefits of probiotics.
How to choose the right dark chocolate
When biting into the black chocolate for the first time, you may be surprised by the taste. Instead of sweet, sugary stuff that is probably used to eating, cocoa and cocoa can be quite bitter. For this reason, manufacturers sweeten treatment.
While the addition of sweeteners black chocolate can please your palate, it does take away from the health benefits. If you are looking for these potential health benefits, choose a black chocolate that is low in sugar.
- Avoid high fructose corn syrup
- Avoid artificial sweeteners
- Choose a black chocolate sweetened with Stevia, Lou Han Guo or honey
also, when choosing a bar of dark chocolate, go organic. This will ensure that your chocolate is free of transgenics.
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