With the holiday coming up for many, figured it's the perfect time to talk about one of my favorite foods...Chocolate!
Let’s begin with a pop quiz. True or False?:
Health-wise, eating a milk chocolate bar is the same as eating a chocolate bar with 70% dark chocolate.
If you answered false, you’re right!
Most chocolate you see (like those well known brands) are so loaded with added sugar, fat, trans fats, and preservatives that it’s a distant relative of its original ingredient—cacao—and completely lacking any healthful properties.
Here's a crazy fact for you: Americans consume in the ballpark of 12 pounds of chocolate per person per year!
Safe to guess, you like chocolate too?
Below are my two healthy go-to options to satisfy that chocolate fix:
- Choose dark chocolate with 70% or more cocoa or cacao content. (this in moderation is a more healthful option)
- To derive the ultimate superfood benefits, you’ll want to stick with eating cacao.
What Is Cacao?
Long enjoyed for its invigorating properties in South America, and grown in tropical areas, cacao is the raw, unprocessed form of chocolate.