Dr. Sara has been extolling the virtues of dark chocolate (80% cacao or higher) forever.
She loves dark chocolate not only because of the taste but because it’s a superfood.
Here are a few health benefits:
- Extra dark chocolate made with at least 70% (85% is better) cacao has been proven to lower cortisol, the body’s main stress hormone.
- Not only that, dark chocolate has a high level of magnesium, which benefits the brain and the heart.
- Dark chocolate actually falls into the category of healthy monounsaturated fats, similar to avocado, nuts, and seeds.
- Cacao or extra dark chocolate (85% cacao or higher) contains methylxanthines, another polyphenol, which is proven to enhance the brain-body connection, reverse insulin block, lower blood pressure, and protect the nervous system.⠀
Chocolate with high cocoa content has more health benefits.
Especially when the chocolate is sourced from organic ingredients!
Additives to avoid:
- Cane Sugar or other artificial sweeteners
It's important to limit chocolate consumption. Our recommendation, take one square and let it melt in your mouth slowly, so you can savor every tiny bit.
Have chocolate as a treat after a meal, or when you need to implement a little extra self-care and show yourself some love. Note, one ounce of dark chocolate contains about 12 milligrams of caffeine, so don’t eat more than that.
If you think this might be an avalanche food, causing you to crave more, then avoid it altogether. Occasional, moderate consumption of quality dark chocolate really does have some tremendous advantages.⠀
Drinking chocolate can also be a good way to get your fix.
We recommend finding a mixing up a delicious chocolate-flavored protein shake like
Reset360’s Chocolate All-in-One Shake or making it a Super Greens Chocolate Shake with a scoop of powered superfoods (sounds weird but tastes great).