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Chocolate the love-hate relationship

Updated: Feb 10

I’d like to talk a bit about one of our favorite VD treats……CHOCOLATE!

We love to get chocolate from our sweety at this time of year, actually almost any time of year for some of us. 

Chocolate is often considered a "bad" thing, but a strained relationship can be harmful.

Labeling any food as completely off-limits usually results in increased cravings for that food and guilt when you eventually do eat it.

Yes, chocolate can have lots of calories, sugar, and fats, but it also has some positive attributes.

Especially Dark chocolate! 

70% or higher cacao content Dark chocolate contains high levels of powerful Antioxidants, Minerals, and some beneficial macronutrients. 

There are many positive health benefits to consider.

  • Increases heart health - improves blood flow, lowers blood pressure, and lowers the risk of cardiovascular disease. 

  • Nutrient-rich - loaded with various essential minerals.

  • Balances the immune system - Antioxidants help combat oxidative stress and reduce the risk of chronic diseases.

  • Combats diabetes - Improves insulin sensitivity potentially reducing the risk of type 2 diabetes.

  • Reduces stress - Reduces stress hormones contributing to tension relief.

  • Improves Athletic performance - studies show a rise of nitric oxide in the blood which can increase VO2 Max. 

  • Reduce inflammation - Those wonderful antioxidants again!

  • Mood enhancer - Phenylethylamine can stimulate the release of endorphins. It also makes you smile when you eat it. YUMMY

  • Improves Brain Function - Flavanols may improve cognitive function by increasing blood flow to the brain.

  • Skin health - Contains antioxidants that protect the skin from free radical damage.

  • Even as a cough relief - Theobromine may suppress coughs.

As with all foods, please consider your individual risks vs the benefits.

There are still health risks associated with the use of chocolate. Some people may experience:

  • Weight gain

  • Migrants

  • Poor Bone Health

  • Increased caffeine intake

  • Increased Sugar intake

  • Increased levels of Cadmium and lead 

Please be sure to buy from a reputable source and read the labels. Not all chocolates are created equally. 

Savor it and enjoy it with purpose and intention. Moderation is the key. 

Enjoy and be happy, let go of the guilt. AND keep exercising for your health and peace of mind. 

chocolate lovers
Chocolate - love - hate relationship


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