Be aware (but love) your Chocolate this Easter!
Cacao (the base of chocolate), can be a healthy addition to most diets. In its natural form, cacao can lower blood pressure, improve circulation, and reduce the risk for diabetes and coronary heart disease.
And don’t forget the brain: a bit of dark chocolate can give our thinking skills a boost. Dark chocolate also helps regulate levels of the stress hormone cortisol.
> BUT (there is always a but) extensive processing, as well as added sugar and milk, often strip cacao of its nutritional punch.
Therefore, when choosing your Easter chocolate eggs there is a choice of white, milk, or dark chocolate, GO DARK. Whole milk makes up the majority of milk chocolate and may interfere with the body’s absorption of antioxidants.
To stave off added fat and excess sugar, look for dark chocolate with a cacao content above 70 percent – in fact, the higher the cacao content, the better! Soon you will get used to and learn to love the bitterness of dark chocolate.
Another chocolate worth going for is RAW chocolate – a dairy-free, unprocessed option.
Raw chocolate bars are often sweetened with agave or palm sugar, which have a lower glycemic index than cane sugar – see healthy chocolate does exist! (remember – everything in moderation)
Sure – raw and dark chocolates might require you to reach deeper into your wallet but the beneffits of those types of chocolate worth the try. It might be difficult to ge used to the real cocoa flavour of dark and raw chocolates but you will learn to love it! Once you go dark you never go milk again!
After all we all know that If you crave chocolate, it does not mean your body has a chocolate deficiency! Chocolate is high in magnesium, and cravings for it often indicate that your body is deficient in magnesium.
So again – if you are going to eat chocolate (which is expected from you during the Easter). Choose dark or raw chocolate or simply eat other foods high in magnesium such as nuts, seeds, fish, and leafy greens!
Have a great easter and enjoy all your chocolate!
Here’s a table for some indications of how much time you might need to spend working out if you slightly overindulge 🙂