The right kind of Chocolate!
Updated: May 10, 2018
Studies have indicated that eating 1-2 ounces dark chocolate daily may lower blood pressure, and that dark chocolate may decrease total and low-density lipoprotein cholesterol and increase high-density lipoprotein cholesterol.
In order for us to maximize the benefits from eating dark chocolate, it needs to have cocoa butter and not be alkalized or “Dutch-processed”. To be sure of this, it should have no more than 10 grams of sugar per ounce, and contain at least 70% cacao.
Unfortunately, most of the popular dark chocolate bars at the local grocery stores miss the mark on most, if not all, of these benchmarks. So, don’t be fooled— look before you snack and find truly healthy dark chocolate.
Beverly J. Howard, PhD, RN, FNP-BC