Studies have found that eating dark chocolate every day over a decade may lower your risk of having a heart attack or stroke. Adding this to the already long list of the benefits of flavonoid-rich dark chocolate, and indulging in this treat sounds like a great idea. But before you enjoy that treat, make sure it is healthy by remembering these tips:
1. Make sure it’s dark! Milk chocolate is not the “healthy” chocolate choice due to its dairy and sugar additions that lower the antioxidant content while upping fat and calories. Look for dark chocolate that is at least 60 to 70 percent cocoa for high flavonoid concentrations that actually help your health!
2. Go for high quality! Avoid chocolates that use “partially hydrogenated” oils, since these trans fats are not the healthy ingredients to be looking for. It is recommended to purchase organic, fair-trade ingredients in your dark chocolate treat.
3. Keep it small! Just because it’s good for you does not mean you can go overboard. Stick to a square of dark chocolate a day. The studies show that dark chocolate’s benefits are obtained from having just a small amount per day.