You may be surprised to learn that chocolate isn’t as bad for you as once believed. The key is to find a bar with high cocoa content. The higher the cocoa content, the less room there is for cocoa butter, sugar, lecithin, vanilla, milk. The fat in chocolate comes from cocoa butter and is made up of equal amounts of oleic acid (a heart-healthy monounsaturated fat also found in olive oil), stearic and palmitic acids. Stearic and palmitic acids are forms of saturated fat. You may know that saturated fats are linked to increases in LDL cholesterol and the risk of heart disease. Just don’t go overboard—chocolate still contains sugar and fat.
Dark chocolate is good for your heart. A small bar of it everyday can help keep your heart and cardiovascular system running well. A daily serving of dark chocolate, which contains more antioxidants than milk chocolate, can also help lower blood pressure and improve insulin resistance.
The health benefits of dark chocolate are:
So don’t be afraid to eat chocolate, you’ll be happy, and energized.