On today’s episode of Live Lean TV, I’m sharing 4 rules to follow when deciding what kind of dark chocolate is good for you.
Yes, I’m going to answer a question that probably none of you care about.
Is eating dark chocolate healthy for you?
Ok, so maybe a few of you may care about it.
If you’re a chocolate lover, I’m sure you have been waiting for this video post.
So, is it okay to eat chocolate?
You may be surprised by my answer.
Eating chocolate used to be a guilty pleasure for so many of us.
However, recent research is telling us that certain types of chocolate are rich in flavonoids.
Flavonoids are an antioxidant that have many health benefits including:
Plus, flavonoids found in dark chocolate can help increase those happy sensations that make you feel awesome.
These same flavonoids are also found in berries.
So if you’re that dude, or dudette, who is one out of a million people that doesn’t like chocolate, eat your berries.
Does this mean you can go out and chow down on as many Snickers or KiT Kat chocolate bars that you want?
Of course there are healthy and unhealthy types of chocolate.
Here are the 4 rules to find the best kind of chocolate.
When it comes to dark chocolate, the darker the better.
Look for brands of dark chocolate that contain at least 70% cocoa.
The higher the cocoa percentage, the more bitter it will taste, so find your happy balance.
Just like any packaged food, always read the ingredients label.
High fructose corn syrup and hydrogenated fats are two ingredients that can ruin the health benefits of dark chocolate.
So if it contains high fructose corn syrup (HFCS) or hydrogenated fats, throw it on the ground, and step on it.
Or you could just put it back in the shelve.
Look at the ingredients label to see if the dark chocolate contains milk.
Studies reveal that milk may block the absorption of the antioxidants in the dark chocolate.
So don’t wash your dark chocolate down with dairy milk either smart guy.
All right let’s move on.
Just because dark chocolate can be healthy for you, it doesn’t give you free rein to chow down on the entire dark chocolate bar.
15-30 grams of dark chocolate is all you need per day.
But for my beautiful Live Lean ladies that are, how do I say this, enjoying the midlife… *ahem* menopause.
You can enjoy up to 4 servings of dark chocolate per day, if you’re exercising 4 times per week.
But remember, one serving of dark chocolate equals 15 grams.
So 4 servings of dark chocolate, throughout the day, would equal 60 grams.
In my Eat Clean Live Lean Cookbook, I included quite a few delicious dessert recipes that include dark chocolate.
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Brad Gouthro is the founder of Live Lean TV, a media company focused on helping men and women “Live Lean” 365 days a year. Brad’s programs and content have helped millions of people all over the world learn how to get in shape, and more importantly, sustain it for life.