There is a little café down the street from my apartment that offers the best accompaniment to any hot drink – dark chocolate! Don’t you agree? But the best part about chocolate really has to be that it’s good for you. Before I move onto the health benefits, let me clarify – I’m talking about dark chocolate. Not milk and not white. These are impure forms of chocolate and sugar that do nothing but cause trouble. Dark chocolate, on the other hand, does wonders because it is full of antioxidants and minerals.
Chocolate comes from cacao – a seed pod harvested from deep in the tropics. It is used to make cocoa powder and chocolate after a process of fermentation and roasting. From there cocoa solids and cocoa butter are used in varying amounts to create different forms of chocolate. Dark chocolate contains a very high amount of these solids.
Flavanoids, like theobromine and phenylalanine, and minerals, like magnesium, are the main special elements of chocolate providing benefit to your circulatory system, brain function and energy levels. The key is to use it in moderation. Try 1 square of dark chocolate each night.
Just be careful about the brand you buy. Chocolate has history of corrupt and unethical treatment of its farmers and workers. Here is a list of Fair-Trade, Slavery-Free Chocolate brands.
My favorite brand is Green & Blacks.
Chocolate – Just what the naturopathic doctor ordered!