Chocolate Healthy or Not?
Stop the press, hold the phone and forget about that diet! Scientists
have now proven DARK chocolate (my very favorite) is now healthy and
good to eat on a daily basis. If you are one who CRAVES chocolate, are a
pre-menopausal or post menopausal woman, are a child, work in a
chocolate factory, etc; this is the greatest thing to be discovered
since sliced bread. To you non-believers; this proves “There is a GOD!”
These brilliant men and women have opened the floodgates to candy
counters and bakeries worldwide. Now housewives can start making those
delicious cakes she used to before Vegans (veggie and soy only eaters)
said it was taboo to eat foods tasting like anything other than straw.
I’m excited! I’m elated! I’m throwing my hat in the air. We can now have
50 grams of DARK chocolate per day to improve our health. Hallelujah!
Two ounces of dark chocolate, (70% chocolate solid) has now been proven
to improve heart disease and blood pressure; plus adds much needed
nutrients to the body such as: iron, calcium, potassium, and several
essential daily vitamins. A 1&1/2 square of this fabulous chocolate has
as many cancer anti-toxins as a glass of red wine. (To you Vegans who
need to wash down that dry meal with a glass of bubbly, you're off the
hook, and may not become a wino after all.) Have a piece of chocolate
50% of all food cravings are chocolate. Some folks even claim they are
chocolate addicts, (like me, who gets the shakes without a good
‘healthy’ portion every day.) But remember, one needs to curb the other
calories of the day if you happen to go on a chocolate binge or you may
have to join the circus as the main attraction, “Fat man or lady.”
Chocolate healthy or not; no matter what rich concoction you may find it in, taste is the main
draw to the delights of chocolate. Cravings play a big part in wanting
only chocolate to satisfy, but a pleasurable chemical reaction in those
cute little endorphins in the brain also have been proven to be part of
our love of chocolate. This is one area we Americans lag behind in
consumption though. Folks in Switzerland consume 22 pounds of chocolate
per year, the Swedish 17 pounds and we consume approximately 15 pounds
on average, per person, per year.
Caffeine worries, no way! One serving of dark chocolate contains less
caffeine than a cup of DECAFFEINATED coffee. Any energy burst you may
get from chocolate is most likely from the sugars added, not the
chocolate itself. Only old-fashioned Hershey's cocoa is the healthy
drink to choose when preparing hot chocolate vs. coffee. So when you
need a change from your morning decaf, reach for the deep rich flavor of
chocolate. Or skip liquids altogether and have a big piece of chocolate
cake to start your day (a much better idea in my book).
A word of CAUTION: This information applies only to DARK chocolate when
beating the drum for health benefits.
Now that my cravings have been peeked, I can’t help but pass along a
fool-proof, wonderfully rich, homemade, dark chocolate cake recipe you can
serve within an hour of starting the recipe: My husband’s favorite…. Yummy!
WHACKY CAKE RECIPE
Dark Chocolate healthy or not, written by Tamara Hillman.