So you may have heard the rumours that chocolate is actually good for you.
Well, we are here to get the facts straight.
Dark vs. Milk Chocolate
We hate to be the bearer of bad news but milk chocolate has a little too much sugar to be considered good for you. It’s, as I think we all suspect, an indulgent treat which we why we include it in our chocolate making kits.
Dark chocolate however, really is good for you and here’s why.
- It contains fibre
Fibre is a vital element of our diets as it is essential for a healthy digestive system. Chocolate in its raw form has a much higher amount of fibre.
Try sprinkling some cocoa nibs, which are crushed up cocoa beans, on your breakfast cereal for a really healthy start to the day.
- It protects your heart
Dark chocolate contains Bifidobacterium and lactic acid bacteria, which create an anti-inflammatory microbe to help prevent your heart’s arteries.
- It makes you happy
Everyone claims eating chocolate makes them happy when they’re down, and they’re not just saying it! Chocolate boosts serotonin levels, which are proven to make you happier.
- It’s full of iron
There are around 8mg of iron in every 100g of dark chocolate, one of the highest iron percentages of all foods. Have a square when you’re feeling tired and need a pick-me-up.
- You’ll eat less of it than milk chocolate!
Dark chocolate is delicious; however it has a slightly bitter taste making it less moreish than milk or white alternatives. This means you’ll be less likely to eat the whole bar, instead enjoying a modest portion and therefore saving on the kcals!
Of course, at The Chocolate Hedgehog, we believe all kinds of chocolate in every shape and form should be enjoyed in moderation, and they are all there to play with in our chocolate making kits. However, if you can’t live without your daily chocolate fix, sticking mainly to dark will ensure you’re satisfied and also healthy.