Calling All "Chocoholics"

 

Health Tips with Karla Heintz (BSc), Nutrition Educator & Author

Chocolate

 

Yes you!  Take enjoyment in a little chocolate this month!  True chocolate can be good for the body, as numerous studies have found dark chocolate to lower blood pressure and reduce the level of stress hormones making you more relaxed.

There are a few things you need to know before you go out shopping this Valentine’s Day season:

  • Buy dark chocolate with at least 70% cocoa content. This is the kind of chocolate that is packed with antioxidants and will benefit your body and taste good.
  • Avoid white chocolate. This kind is not classified as a true chocolate at all as it does not have any cocoa content, and actually falls into the candy category. 
  • Milk chocolate changes your body’s absorption of nutrients. It may taste creamy and delectable but when milk is added to the chocolate it interferes with the bodies ability to absorb antioxidants.
  • Add some fiber to the chocolate to even lessen the sugar impact on your blood sugar levels. Who could say no to strawberries or banana coins drizzled in chocolate?
  • 1.5 ounces a day is considered the key amount

Enjoy!

~Karla

Karla Heintz (BSc) Nutrition Educator and Author of
‘Picky! Not Me Mom! A parents’ guide to children’s nutrition. 
karlaheintz.com