Three words: World. Chocolate. Day.
Put together are these not three of the best words ever?
Lets talk about chocolate, and how to enjoy it without the guilt or post splurge sugar coma.
Chocolate comes from Cocao, which is a tree. That makes it a plant. Therefore, chocolate counts as salad! You’re welcome. 😉
Seriously though, there are plenty of nutrients and antioxidants up for grabs if you get the right stuff.
Cacao, the star of the show, is the raw form of cocoa…notice the “a’s” and the “o’s” are switched around there. The cacao bean is full of antioxidants, healthy fats, carbohydrates and protein, as well as minerals such calcium, magnesium, iron, zinc and potassium. It also contains lots of lovely energy enhancing B vitamins.
The darker the chocolate, the more concentrated the cacao will be.
This is the same cacao that has been linked with lowering high blood pressure. The same cacao again that can also help to boost mood by raising levels of our happy hormone serotonin. And wait for it, it has also been shown to help with weight-loss too! This is due to its fibre and chromium content. Amazing.
Too much of a good thing is never great though; apparently the lethal dose of chocolate for a human being is 10kg. Or 40 Hershey bars. That’s a lot of chocolate! Not that you’ll be reaching for the Hersheys though when you can make your own delicious, healthy version at home in two minutes flat with this recipe.
Happy world chocolate day everyone!