Chocolate is good for you….in moderation. The health benefits of chocolate are a hot topic as of late. In this month’s Austin Woman, alongside a profile of Delysia’s Nicole Patel, it’s revealed that a society of people who regularly consume chocolate do not have the health issues Americans face as they age. The Kuna people, who live off the coast of Panama on archipelagos, have a stunning lack of low blood pressure. It’s believed this is because their main beverage is made from cocoa and is consumed much like their ancient ancestors did.
Buzz words like “anti-oxidants” and “flavenols” have ignited passion for cacao as research shows consuming small amounts of dark chocolate can reduce your risk for cardiac disease, lower blood pressure, lower stroke risk, and boost your mood all while making you feel fuller. What’s not to love?
Be careful of your chocolate choices, however. It’s recommended to choose chocolate that is 65% or higher. The percentage indicates how much actually came from the cacao pod from which it was harvested. The higher the number, the more bitter the taste. Since less sugar and fat is added to the higher-percentage dark chocolate, you’re getting more of the health-wallop chocolate provides. But moderation is key. The Mayo Clinic recommends no more than three ounces a day. Since this can equal up to 450 calories, you should probably eliminate those calories from another part of your meal plan or step up your exercise routine.
Delysia Chocolatier‘s dark chocolate products are all made with 60% dark chocolate and are preservative-free. If you’re looking to indulge your dark chocolate craving, we offer a dark chocolate truffle collection which features dark chocolate, hazelnut, and raspberry flavors. If you’re more interested in solid 60% chocolate, we offer different barks and a molded chocolate cowboy boot sure to help jump-start your trip to good health.
So do what the doctor ordered. Eat More (60% Dark) Chocolate (In Small Amounts!)