Archive for August, 2015

Labor Day Dark Chocolate Tarts with porter beer and blueberries

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Chocolate Blueberry Tart Recipe

Dark chocolate and blueberries are a great dessert pairing. When used in a tart recipe along with your favorite porter beer, the end result is a decadent sweet treat with a lot to offer. Fruit desserts with chocolate work so well because fruit and chocolate balance and complement each other. Deep complex flavors enhanced with fruit is the secret to a good tart recipe. With Labor Day weekend coming up, why not celebrate with a batch of dark chocolate blueberry tarts? Here’s how to make these mini chocolate and fruit desserts. (more…)

7 Proven Health Benefits of Dark Chocolate

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By Kris Gunnars, BSc |

Woman Taking a Bite of ChocolateDark chocolate is loaded with nutrients that can positively affect your health.

Made from the seed of the cocoa tree, it is one of the best sources of antioxidants on the planet.

Studies show that dark chocolate (not the sugary crap) can improve health and lower the risk of heart disease.

 

1. Dark Chocolate is Very Nutritious

If you buy quality dark chocolate with a high cocoa content, then it is actually quite nutritious.

It contains a decent amount of soluble fiber and is loaded with minerals.

A 100 gram bar of dark chocolate with 70-85% cocoa contains (1):

  • 11 grams of fiber.
  • 67% of the RDA for Iron.
  • 58% of the RDA for Magnesium.
  • 89% of the RDA for Copper.
  • 98% of the RDA for Manganese.
  • It also has plenty of potassium, phosphorus, zinc and selenium.

Of course, 100 grams (3.5 ounces) is a fairly large amount and not something you should be consuming daily. All these nutrients also come with 600 calories and moderate amounts of sugar.

For this reason, dark chocolate is best consumed in moderation.

The fatty acid profile of cocoa and dark chocolate is excellent. The fats are mostly saturated and monounsaturated, with small amounts of polyunsaturates.

It also contains stimulants like caffeine and theobromine, but is unlikely to keep you awake at night as the amount of caffeine is very small compared to coffee.

Bottom Line: Quality dark chocolate is rich in Fiber, Iron, Magnesium, Copper, Manganese and a few other minerals.

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