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By Kris Gunnars, BSc |
Dark 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.
I wanted to thank family, friends, colleagues and chocoholics from around the USA for their support. 2010 has been an incredibly eventful year. We launched our new bakery, introduced our new concept to the nation and have gratefully been able to taste success. We are still pinching ourselves over the fantastic press we received in the Dallas/Ft. Worth market and look forward to more introductions throughout the country in the upcoming year. We look forward to developing new delights and soon will be announcing new restaurants and stores where we will be offering our desserts in the upcoming year. Thank you again everyone and raise a glass of Scharffenberger champagne to help bring in 2011!
Learn how chocolate fueled the Aztecs, helped win WWII, transformed TV and may save the rainforest.
Discovery Channel’s description:The Secrets of Chocolate, an episode in the popular How Stuff Works series, will air on the Discover Channel at 8pm EDT this coming Thursday, September 2nd. Find out how our favorite flavor changed the world. Go inside the intricate science and the outrageous history behind chocolate on How Stuff Works.
Clay Gordon, chocolate savant and author of Discover Chocolate, helped contribute to the program. Don’t miss it!