Which Chocolate Is Healthier?
Going loco for cocoa, healthily!
Another reason to save the planet – it’s the only one with chocolates! Chocolates have millions if not billions of fans worldwide. Yet it’s always perceived as an unhealthy treat that should be indulged in the dark. Let’s investigate this stereotype and find a healthy kind of cocoa.
- COCOA: At least 35%.
- OTHERS: 65% of cocoa butter, sugar, milk, emulsifiers, vanilla or other flavourings.
- RECOMMENDATIONS: The darker the better!
- Eat those with higher cocoa content — 70% to 85%.
- Avoid fillings unless they are nuts or dried or fresh fruits.
- A little goes a long way, so enjoy no more than ⅓ of the bar and then go sweat it out.
- COCOA: 20% or more of cocoa butter (the natural fat of the cocoa bean).
- OTHERS: 55% of sugar, milk solids, lecithin, vanilla and other flavourings.
- RECOMMENDATIONS: Avoid or eat in very limited amounts!
- COCOA: At least 10% of cocoa and at least 12% dry milk solids.
- OTHERS: 78% of cocoa butter, sugar, emulsifiers, vanilla or other flavourings.
- RECOMMENDATIONS: Eat in limited amounts because of the sugars and fats in it.
The winner is… Dark Chocolate!
Because dark chocolates are the least processed, so they contain the highest percentage of flavonoid-filled cocoa beans. This aids the heart by:
- Controlling cholesterol.
- Reducing the risk of blood clots.
- Lowering blood pressure.
- Inhibiting sticky platelets.
- Improving blood flow to vital organs.
Chocolates with over 70% cocoa pack the best punch for your health. But don’t get carried away! Keep it on the low because 100g of dark chocolate comes with 500 calories! So, have we changed your mind about the tiny brown square?
Sources: Cleveland Clinic, WebMD, Hopkins Medicine, MyHealth, Healthline