by Chenai Mugunyani
We live in a world where everywhere you turn the word ‘health’ is almost a part of every conversation, which sometimes makes you question what you put in your mouth and how you can live a healthier life, we all want to be healthy, I am sure of that.
But then, the problem comes when we have to cut off some ‘unhealthy’ eating habits or consume in moderation, it is harder when you have a sweet tooth I think. The idea is to minimalize the sugar, the fat, the everything bad and stick to the good stuff and also enjoy it.
Do you love chocolate and have a secret addiction that you are ashamed about? I know I love chocolate, and I sometimes try to hide it. I think we all want to enjoy chocolate without having to over-explain.
Have you tried dark chocolate or have you heard someone say it is healthy if you have, do you enjoy it, taste-wise, compared to a ‘milky chocolate’? I honestly think dark chocolate is an acquired taste because it is kind of bitter, which subconsciously robs me the joy of fully enjoying it, but then again, my mind.
Firstly let’s just get a basic definition of DARK CHOCOLATE, Dark black chocolate is a form of chocolate containing cocoa solids, cocoa butter, and sugar, without the milk found in milk chocolate, according to Wikipedia.
Below is an estimation per 100g serving, which is healthier versus milky chocolate.
Magnesium: 228 mg (per 100 g)
Iron: 11,9 mg (per 100 g)
Potassium: 715 mg (per 100 g)
Protein: 7,79 g (per 100 g)
Fat: 42,63 g (per 100 g)
Zinc: 3,31 mg (per 100 g)
And here are some benefits of Dark chocolate :
🙂 It could improve brain function.
🙂 It may reduce heart disease risk.
🙂 It may improve blood flow.
🙂 It may help with weight loss if consumed in MODERATION.
🙂 It is nutritious
All the above scream healthy, healthy right?
So basically, we have concluded that dark chocolate is healthier and a safer route opposed to milky chocolate, it would not hurt to do a bit more research of your own before indulging.
Also, when buying dark chocolate remember that the higher the cocoa percentage, the healthier. And obviously we are going to reap and enjoy the health benefits because our intake is in moderation, yes?!!!
NB// before writing this, I got myself a KitKat DARK, and as I am typing, I am nibbling on it, I shall say no more 😉