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You Asked: I Thought Chocolate Was Good For You?

A recent post on curing chocolate cravings with a brisk walk left one Sugar user a bit confused. So I wanted to clarify a few things about dark chocolate's new status as a health food. She asked:

But I thought dark chocolate was good for your health, so wouldn't you not want to reduce your craving at least for dark chocolate?

Let me just begin by stating my deep love for dark chocolate. I appreciate that it is satisfying in such small amounts because even though dark chocolate is high in flavonoid antioxidants, it is still a high-calorie food. Two to four small pieces of dark chocolate offer a similar amount of antioxidants as many fruits and veggies, but with more than double to triple the caloric load. Chocolate is also lacking many other benefits found in produce, like fiber, and it contains considerably more fat, especially saturated fat, than say broccoli or an apple.

To learn what happens to chocolate as it is processed,


While it is true that plain chocolate is high in antioxidants, these plant chemicals also impart the chocolate with a bitter taste and are often removed during the manufacturing process. With the flavonoids removed, chocolate is just a decadent treat. The majority of chocolatiers do not list the antioxidant content of their chocolate.

I believe in eating a bit of dark chocolate daily to satisfy my chocolate cravings. It is recommended that you eat just one ounce a day. And if those small tastes of chocolate, which I urge you to savor and even meditate on, don't satisfy, then you can always go for a brisk walk and see how you feel after your stroll.


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SweetNGlow SweetNGlow 8 years
A little chocolate in moderation won't hurt anyone, but this advice is more for peeps who don't snack in moderation. While dark chocolate can significantly reduce the inflammation that leads to cardiovascular disease, the ideal amount is 6.7 grams (0.23 ounces) per day. A typical Hershey dark chocolate bar weighs about 43 grams, so you would benefit from eating a single bar over the course of 6 1/2 days. Milk chocolate, meanwhile, does have the same benefits.
chameleon7 chameleon7 8 years
There are a lot of studies that are posted on here that people take seriously, but I do not tend to take most, if not all, of them seriously. I could careless about the study I post above because I do not really eat the stuff to begin with.
Francoisehardly Francoisehardly 8 years
Whatever. I'm still eating dark chocolate and sometimes I feel like having red wine. People claim a lot of things that turn out to be BS and people are way too quick to take a random study way too seriously.
chameleon7 chameleon7 8 years
I do not eat chocolate never really care for it. I recently read that eating chocolate every day is bad, it may weaken your bones.
gabiushka gabiushka 8 years
I still like wine, and i will drink it before diet coke, as well as I will have dark chocolate vs. some hidrogenated fatty treat
ilanac13 ilanac13 8 years
i guess i can appreciate this - you kind of have to expect that there are a LOT more calories in chocolate versus some other things. i think that considering that in itself would make me turn to the fruit/veggie alternatives just because i'm really calorie conscious these days.
nikolem2 nikolem2 8 years
All the studies done on chocolate were sponsored or funded by the chocolate industry and its trade groups (or people who work for them, are funded by them, or have a financial/professional interest in promoting them). Same with wine, honey and many other food commodities that are suddenly "healthy". In truth, none of these foods compare to the antioxidant levels, phytochemicals, vitamins and minerals in simple, whole foods like fruits and vegetables. I suggest everyone reads "Food Politics" by Marion Nestle.
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