Chocolate, chocolate everywhere! There’s white chocolate, milk chocolate, dark chocolate, and more. Chocolate comes in seemingly endless varieties: filled candies, shaped lollipops, cakes, cookies, smoothies, ice cream, and just about anything else you can think of. We eat chocolate, drink chocolate, and even pay hefty spa fees to bathe in chocolate!
Chocolate boosts hormones that make us feel good, has health benefits, and tastes delicious! It is impossible to cover everything there is to know about chocolate in one short article so today I’m going to focus on my personal favorite: dark chocolate. Specifically, I will answer the question, “What is the best dark chocolate”?
The answer to that question depends on what you are looking for but I will try to cover as many topics as I can without getting too wordy.
The Best Dark Chocolate for Newbies
When I first started to enjoy dark chocolate, I ate the popular sweet-tasting ones that are sold by popular manufacturers like Hershey and Dove. Hershey makes a variety pack of mini chocolate bars and the Special Dark were not as popular as the others so I had more than my fair share.
Hershey’s dark kisses are wrapped in shiny, purple foil and I always thought they looked as good as they tasted.
Dove also makes a nice bite-sized dark chocolate that is sweet enough to please most chocolate lovers.
Unfortunately, those delectable dark chocolates in bite-sized pieces were more “yum” than I could handle and I couldn’t resist eating them one after another until I was busting the seams of my jeans.
I wanted to be thin and gorgeous!
Dark Chocolate for the Health Conscious
Fast forward several years and I was fed up with being obese, tired of being exhausted, and baffled by my brain fog. When I found out that chocolate can be healthy, I was ecstatic! Thus began the search and research for good dark chocolate that was better for my brain and body. Here’s what I found out.
Here are just some good qualities we find in 70% or darker chocolate.
- Lowers blood pressure
- Fights free radicals
- May reduce the risk of diabetes
- High in iron, copper, magnesium, zinc, phosphorus, and flavanols
- May prevent cancer
- Promotes a healthy heart
- Decreases the risk of stroke
- Raises good cholesterol
- May boost vision
- Might help us live longer
- Improves memory loss
- Boosts our mood
Other things you should know
- The higher the percentage of cocoa solids, the higher the caffeine content which is approximately 50-60 mg of caffeine in two ounces of 70% dark chocolate. (An 8-ounce cup of coffee contains about 100-200 mg of caffeine.)
- A higher percentage of cocoa leads to a lower percentage of sugar so is less likely to cause weight gain.
- Dutch-processed cocoa is treated with alkali, to improve the flavor and appearance but it causes a loss of flavanols.
- There are dozens of articles available online that discuss the health benefits of chocolate if you want to know the scientific details.
To sum it up
The Best Dark Chocolate for your health is 100% cocoa but anything with 70% or more is still pretty good. Hungry for chocolate? The links on this page lead to a shopping page where you can see my top choices and order whichever ones you like.
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I lost weight while eating dark chocolate every day. How about you? Please comment below if you have experienced any of the health benefits from eating dark chocolate.