Chocolate may be getting a bad rap as a sinful food. On the other hand – as always – moderation may be the key.
Facts that you should know…
An ounce (30 g) of solid chocolate contains about 150 calories and 2 or 3 g of protein. Originally, the cocoa beans which use to manucfacture chocolate has significant amounts of vitamin B and E. These nutrients, however, are diluted as to be negligible after processing. Sweet or semi-sweet chocolate contains between 40 and 53% fat, or cocoa butter. Both chocolate and cocoa powder supply chromium, iron, magnesium, phosphorus and potassium, but fat and calories make chocolate an inappropriate source of these minerals except when used in emergency rations.
Certain researchers reviewed a number of studies on the possible health benefits of chocolate, particularly the dark variety and cocoa. They found that chocolate contains flavonoid which is a compound that may lower the risk of cardiovascular disease and cancer while slowing the aging process and stearic acid, a heart-friendly fatty acid that does not promote cholesterol increases.
Although chocolate is not a great source of nutrients, but there is no harm in eating a limited amount of chocolate, especially the dark variety.
Here are some tips for controlling your chocolate cravings and consumption:
- Choose darkchocolate over milk chocolate. Dark chocolate contains more antioxidants and less fat. Milk chocolate contains milk fat that is highly saturated.
- Partner your chocolate with nutrient-rich foods, like chocolate covered strawberries, apple slices or bananas. To combat your chocolate cravings, try a refreshing glass of chocolate-flavored milk or soymilk.
- Buy smaller sizesof chocolate bars or hot fudge sundaes, since research shows you tend to eat the entire amount you’re served.
- Savor, take your time and focus on the taste in your mouth. Enjoy it thoroughly. If you pop it in your mouth while you are driving, watching TV, or talking on the phone, you’re likely to eat more.