Many people have been toting the benefits of chocolate– you hear it all over the news. However, many are quick to point out that a Snicker’s bar isn’t going to get you the benefits that your body craves. Many people claim they love chocolate when in actuality, they crave the sugar and fat in the chocolate. Eat regular old chocolate straight from nature and many will turn up their noses. However, in order to get the benefits of chocolate, it must be dark– 75 percent cocoa is a nice number to aim for. Most of the chocolate we see however is nothing more than sugar, milk, butter, and a tiny pinch of processed cocoa. So, rather than going for that Hershey’s bar– go for the unconventional 75 percent– I’ve even eaten 88 percent, but I can only handle a little at a time! Also, when it comes to chocolate– we need to be more compassionate. A lot of chocolate manufacturers use child labor or take advantage of cheap labor in impoverished nations. That’s why we should go for fair-trade chocolate– like Endangered Species Chocolate– which buys it’s cocoa from small family businesses who treat their laborers fairly. Plus, Endangered Species Chocolate is high quality, too!
So, here are some of the benefits of chocolate
— Lowers blood pressure
— Flavonoids help protect your body from oxidative damage (such as stress– whether environmental or dietary)
— Helps circulation
— Healthy fats that help your brain function
— Antioxidants help your body from developing LDL or that nasty bad cholesterol.
— Makes your blood platelets less sticky and therefore keeps the blood moving nicely.
— Boosts your mood through endorphins and serotonin (the happy chemicals in the brain :))
Therefore, I think we’d all benefit from just a little chocolate everyday ;). Right now, I’m working on a good chocolate recipe to share, but so far, it’s come out pretty odd tasting. Maybe I should add a little bit of vanilla to offset the bitter cocoa!
Anyway, I hope you have a good day, and remember to treat yourself right!
What’s your favorite way to have chocolate?
I love chocolate in chocolate-chip cookies :). So warm and delicious straight from the oven!
Verse of the day: 1 Corinthians 3:16-17 says, “Do you not know that you are God’s temple and that God’s Spirit dwells in you? If anyone destroys God’s temple, God will destroy him. For God’s temple is holy, and you are that temple.”