Dark Chocolate

Dark Chocolate

While too much sugar is not good for us, making smart choices at dessert is completely possible and dark chocolate is one such option. Instead of picking the usual milk chocolate or white chocolate option, opting for dark chocolate is a better choice!

Cacao is one of the main ingredients used in chocolate. Cacao is an antioxidant filled with minerals such as iron, magnesium, copper, manganese, and potassium. However, milk and dark chocolate have different percentages of cacao in them. Dark chocolate usually has more than 50% and milk chocolate has about 10% and is filled with more sugar and milk. While dark chocolate still contains sugar and should be eaten in moderation, it is the healthier choice.

Unlike other desserts, dark chocolate can actually have a beneficial effect on the body and may be suitable for people with insulin resistance as unlike other milk chocolate or pastries, dark chocolate has polyphenols which may improve the body’s reaction to insulin. However, it must only be consumed in small amounts.

Dark chocolate can be consumed as a snack on its own or used in baked items. Replacing or adding dark chocolate in cookies or treats can be another way to manage sugar intake.

Dark chocolate can also be paired with other food items such as fruit. Since dark chocolate can be quite bitter, neutralizing the taste with a sweet fruit is always a good idea. Fruits such as bananas, strawberries, or even melons are a great match. Dark chocolate can also be eaten with dried fruits such as peaches, cranberries or figs. Nuts are also a great pairing with dark chocolate to add texture. Last but not least, having dark chocolate with a cup of tea or coffee is always a good option. This is a great addition to pair with a middle of the day caffeine break. Remember, a few blocks of chocolate are fine, but not the whole bar!