CHOCOLATE! CHOCOLATE! For all the chocolate lovers out there, it’s important to know that not all chocolate is produced the same way. The majority of chocolate sold in the market today are highly processed with a variety of hydrogenated fats, emulsifiers, refined sugars, coloring, dairy, and preservatives. The chocolate that is called “superfood” is not processed and doesn’t have any added ingredients. The kinds of chocolate that is good for you are raw cacao powder, and dark chocolates. When the chocolate is highly processed it will have fewer nutrients with less flavor. In addition, don’t forget that you will highly benefit from choosing organic options to avoid pesticides.
Chocolate is not only nutritiously high in antioxidants, iron, manganese, copper and fiber, it also has very impressive health benefits. It can lower blood pressure, improve general heart health, help cognitive function with cholesterol-lowering properties. Again, remember that these health benefits are about consuming unprocessed chocolate and don’t mistake that for all types of chocolate being sold in the market. I highly recommend that you incorporate an unprocessed form of cacao in your diet in moderation instead of highly processed options loaded with refined sugars and additives.