Dark Chocolate (at least 72% cocoa or higher)

This is certainly not a secret, but yes, dark chocolate (NOT milk chocolate) can be a very healthy food, even if it is technically dense in calories.

However, I argue that dark chocolate can actually help you burn more body fat if you are the type of person who has a tendency to love eating desserts. In this case, only 1 or 2 small squares of dark chocolate can repeatedly satisfy your sweet tooth for only 30 or 40 calories versus 500 calories for a piece of chocolate cake or a piece of pie.

In addition, some brands of dark chocolate with 70% cocoa or higher, may have a relatively high ratio of fiber content (I have seen that some brands have 5 grams of fiber on 15 grams of carbohydrate per serving) and a grade relatively low in sugar compared to the amount of healthy fats. In fact, it’s one of the “tricks” I use to choose a good quality chocolate … I’m looking for more total fat than carbs (or about the same number of grams each).

The importance of this fact is that it means that many dark chocolates will not greatly affect your blood sugar and will have a fairly low response on your blood sugar compared to other “sweets”.

In addition, dark chocolate is also very rich in healthy antioxidants, including a powerful compound called theobromine, which has been shown to help lower blood pressure and with other benefits. The fat content in a good dark chocolate has to come only from the healthy natural fat derived from cocoa butter and not from any other added fats. Any chocolate with added fats or other additives will not usually be as healthy.

The reason I say to choose dark chocolate with at least 72% cocoa is that the higher the% cocoa is, the less the% sugar is. However, that means that, whatever the chocolates contain more than 80% cocoa, they generally have a more bitter taste and very little sweetness. If you like this type of taste, the higher the% cocoa, the better. Otherwise, a good 75% dark chocolate is in my opinion an almost perfect combination slightly sweet with a rich taste of chocolate. Do not forget to keep small daily amounts of chocolate because it is dense in calories!

You can also reap the benefits of antioxidants and fiber without all the calories by using unsweetened organic cocoa powder in your smoothies or other recipes.

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