I almost listed dark chocolate as a health food last Monday, but then I realized that it really deserves its own post. And it has to be dark chocolate, white chocolate isn’t really a chocolate and is missing the essential cocoa, and milk and semi-sweet have hardly any. Stick with the dark. That doesn’t mean it has to be 80% cocoa, but in my mind, at least 60%. There is no official definition of ‘dark chocolate’.
Shout out to abdpbt for the Listlessness Mondays! Having a topic ready for Monday has saved me with the daily NaBloPoMo posting. Thanks!
Reasons dark chocolate is a healthfood:
- WebMD says dark chocolate can lower blood pressure
- it has antioxidents
- it’s a legume, which is really a vegetable, or a fruit. I got mixed results looking that one up.
- it releases endorphins, which make me happy, which makes me healthier
- if I’m happy, more people are happy, which makes more people happy. Really I’m doing the world a service by having a little chocolate
Anecdotally, if you’re really feeling a little blue, a glass of red wine and a little dark chocolate will do wonders for you! God I miss that. For a good definition of different types of chocolates, try wikipedia.
Also, have you noticed there are several different types of chocolate eaters?
Those that savor it: Give me a good piece of chocolate and I’ll nibble it, let it just melt in my mouth, and it will last for 30 minutes.
Those that snarf it: Exhibit A- my husband. He eats it when he is hungry. I hate that. Have a sandwich, not my good chocolate; it’s wasted on you.
Those that think white chocolate is the best: News flash. It’s not chocolate. It’s fat and sugar. At best it can be used as a decoration on real chocolate, but there is no chocolate flavor, so what’s the point?
Those that don’t see the difference between M&Ms and Valhrona truffles. I have no problem with M&Ms, love them, they have saved me many times. But sometimes I crave something really decadent, and M&Ms are not it. Don’t snarf the Valhrona.
Are you a snarfer?