Girls love eating, especially snacks and desserts. But even so, they will choose to eat in a smart way to keep their body shape. Almonds and dried fruits are well-known as the healthy snacks. However, one perfect snack you may be missed which is healthy and tasty. That’s DARK CHOCOLATE! If you love chocolate, let’s change to eat the dark one now!
Dark Chocolate Is Good for Your Health
Cocoa in chocolate can enhance resistance and repel fatigue. And the rich cocoa solids in dark chocolate contain flavonols which can help to lower your blood pressure and cholesterol and also reduce the risk of diabetes. Besides, flavonols in dark chocolate can protect the skin against UV rays and increase skin moisture and thickness by helping blood flow to your skin. And cocoa powder is also rich in minerals, like calcium, copper, iron, magnesium, etc. which are importance nutrients for our health.
How-to Eat Dark Chocolate Properly
Too much of anything isn't good for anyone. How should we add eating dark chocolate to our beauty routine? Here are some tips for you.
Choose Dark Chocolate with at Least 60% Cocoa
When we choose dark chocolate, we should not only focus on the bitter and astringe taste, we should pay attention on the percentage of cocoa. The more the ingredient of cocoa, the more the flavonols the dark chocolate contains. If you want to eat dark chocolate in a healthy way, choose the one with at least 60% cocoa.
Eat Only 1 Ounce of Dark Chocolate per Day
Although there are many benefits of eating dark chocolate, it is still sweets which may cause tooth decay, obesity and other issues. So we cannot eat too much a day. Every 100 grams of black chocolate contains 24 grams of sugar. It is recommended to eat about 1 ounce of black chocolate every day, and up to about 7 ounce per week.
Choose Natural Cocoa Powder
If we buy cocoa powder for homemade dark chocolate, it is also recommended to choose natural cocoa powder, rather than alkalized cocoa powder. Dietary alkali is added to alkalized cocoa powder to reduce bitter taste. However, after this processing, flavonols in dark chocolate will be destroyed making the effect of anti-oxidation weaken. Of course, some recipes indicate the use of alkalized cocoa powder, but we need to know that the nutritional value of natural cocoa powder is always higher.