Choose dark chocolate for its taste and health benefits!
(NC)—For many Canadians, the first long weekend of spring will be spent egg-hunting with the kids and feasting with friends and loved ones to celebrate Easter. Chocolate treats are found everywhere you look and can be enjoyed by everyone!
The good news is that you don't have to fight this temptation - chocolate can actually be good for you!
But how do you separate the junk from the real deal? Making the distinction isn't as hard as at seems, and the Canadian Health Food Association (CHFA) has some tips to help guide you through your options.
The most important thing to keep in mind when making your tasty selection is to read the label, making sure that you're getting dark chocolate that contains at least 70 per cent cocoa solids. These contain flavonoids which have antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties and provide many health benefits. In addition, dark chocolate is rich in some key minerals including potassium, magnesium, and iron. Milk chocolate and white chocolate do not share these health benefits, so make sure you're indulging in the good stuff – the higher the percentage of cocoa solids, the better.
Some studies find that health benefits associated with dark chocolate include lower blood pressure, improved cognitive function and even enhanced mood! Studies have also found that consuming dark chocolate can lower levels of bad cholesterol and improve good cholesterol.
Finally, one of the best things about dark chocolate is its rich, decadent flavour. Just keep in mind that, like anything else, moderation is key.
For more information, visit www.chfa.ca.
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