Chocolate: The Healthy Superfood

There are known health benefits to chocolate. This awesome fact actually dates back to the Aztecs in the 14th century. The concept that chocolate is good for you may not be new but it does warrant a little further explanation.

Despite what you may have been told, chocolate is considered a healthy superfood because it is full of vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants. But hold on, this doesn’t mean you should sit around and eat any kind of chocolate all the time.

To clarify, raw chocolate is basically just cacao that has not been heated or processed. Being raw keeps all of the nutrients in tact. And organic chocolate simply means no added chemicals, fillers or preservatives were used to make the specific chocolate product.

Note: be wary of processed chocolate. These contain dairy, sugar, and chemicals. Unfortunately, processing chocolate will block the benefits that would be found in the raw form.

The main difference to understand: raw, organic, dark chocolate is the kind you need to eat because the other choice is a processed chocolate which has been stripped of any health benefits.

 

Quick facts about cacao:

  • 300+ minerals in raw, organic chocolate
  • no sugar 
  • contains copper, manganese, zinc, sulphur and B vitamins
  • twice the antioxidants of red wine and three times of green tea (Cornell U)

Chances are you will eat chocolate because, let’s face it — chocolate tastes great! The quality is key. Before you indulge, make sure you choose better.

Key takeaway: dark chocolate is nutritious. But don’t overdo it and practice moderation.

Dark chocolate is an antioxidant superpower, more so than blueberries or acai berries.

Again, don’t swap those fruits for chocolate — simply understand that eating organic, dark chocolate is not a negative.

There is so much “No” or “Don’t” in the wellness world, it can feel like the enjoyable parts to eating healthy is filled with roadblocks and lots of strict rules. The power of positive is important in every aspect of our life and this also applies to our eating.

So, don’t feel badly if you eat dark chocolate. Remind yourself that it does contain great, nutritional ingredients.

And enjoy it.

 

Health benefits of raw, organic chocolate:

  • increases energy, alertness
  • improves mood
  • lowers blood pressure
  • very little caffeine
  • magnesium helps the heart and brain
  • flavonoids are cancer-fighting antioxidant
  • assists blood flow
  • rich in antioxidants
  • menopause and PMS symptoms lessen

 

Raw, organic chocolate is available almost everywhere. Look for it and pick that option instead of the processed products you used to eat.

Changing habits is hard. It’s incredibly difficult. But hopefully this is one of the easier ones. Making changes will make a difference.

The evidence of health benefits of consuming raw, organic chocolate is great for our heart, brain, and tummies. Choose wisely and you will be happy you did.

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