Chocolate is the only ingredient that is its very own food group. Well, not really, but it SHOULD be! Chocolate is powerfully comforting, creamy, and so very delicious. It's no surprise that people often eat chocolate several times a week. So, this raises the question, Is Chocolate Good for You?
The answer is both yes and no.
Chocolate has been used for centuries to treat bronchitis, sexual malaise, fatigue, hangovers, anemia, depression, memory loss, high blood pressure, poor eyesight, and more. It also helps release that feel-good neurotransmitter, serotonin, in the brain. However, eating any ol' candy bar will help none of those ailments I listed since they are loaded with sugar, calories, and junky ingredients.
How to Eat it Responsibly
Chocolate begins life as raw cacao (pronounced kah-kow) beans. Loaded with antioxidants, minerals, vitamins, and plant phenols, cacao is a powerful superfood. The more processed cacao becomes, (like into a candy bar) the fewer healthy components remain.
Here's How to Get the Most of Your Chocolate Fix
Looking for more fun ways to enjoy your favorite food? You’ll love this dark chocolate treat. Try this special treat and share with your Valentines!
Healthy Hot Chocolate:
-8 oz Unsweetened Almond Milk
-1 tsp Pure Maple Syrup
-1 tsp Cacao Powder
-Whipped Cream (optional)
Slowly heat almond milk in saucepan. Pour milk into mugs and add additional ingredients - mix thoroughly. Enjoy!
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