Is Dark Chocolate Healthy?
Dark chocolate (in moderation of course) is absolutely healthy. Don't believe us? Read on for 5 reasons why...
5. Dark Chocolate is all about the healthy fats.
The buzzword “healthy fats” is everywhere lately. But what does it actually mean? According to Eat This Not That!, our bodies need good fats. That, and that also the right types of fat can increase satiety, help to maximize your metabolism and protect against heart disease. Did you read that correctly? Healthy fats help your metabolism! And dark chocolate is a great source of healthy fats — they slow the absorption of sugar into the bloodstream and help to prevent those dreaded sugar spikes. So out late one evening shopping? Forgo the food court and instead savor a few squares of 72 percent (or higher) dark chocolate.
A New Experience of Flavor
Coffee tastes have changed so much that I remember around 2012, introducing a much more acidic coffee into our blend thinking we were going to lead customers into a new experience of flavour, only to be dismayed on day one with customer’s dissatisfaction with a fruitier and more flavourful coffee. Coffee is after all the seed of a fruit. From then on, we began to work at a gradual pace, turning up the brightness a little, season after season. Today we can proudly craft a coffee with notes of lemon meringue, strawberry or passionfruit and find people on all sides of the counter are learning and developing their pallets.
4. Dark chocolate helps to curb cravings.
Remember back in the 90s when the whole low-fat/no-fat came on the scene? Cough, cough, Snackwells. People flocked to fat-free foods, devouring boxes of cookies (thinking they could) and then packed on the pounds. But why? Well, not all calories are created equal. And just because something is only 50 calories and fat-free, doesn’t mean you should eat a whole box! You also aren’t going to feel satisfied. Why? There’s no fat!
Cue the entrance of dark chocolate. Dark chocolate is a powerhouse of flavor, and a little goes a long way. That means after eating 50 calories of dark chocolate, you’ll most likely feel satisfied. Dark chocolate also helps to diminish cravings for sweet, salty and fatty foods. So before you head out to your next cocktail party, break open a bar of your favorite dark chocolate and actually enjoy doing your hair for once!
3. Dark Chocolate helps you to think "quality", not "quantity"
We touched on this briefly above, but it’s worth mentioning again. The higher the quality of food you eat, the more satisfied your tastebuds will be. Ultimately then, your body and brain will feel it needs less of it.
We know, we know. You’re saying we’re crazing and that you could easily consume a whole bar of chocolate in one sitting. Yeah, we could too. But what kind of chocolate allows you to do that?
Candy bars and more mass produced ‘gourmet’ chocolate.
A Hershey’s bar, or even Lindt, has flavor, but it’s mostly sweetness or a hint of bitter.
Honestly, that’s why a lot of Americans don’t like dark chocolate --because they’ve never had great dark chocolate. But that’s another blog post entirely. Quality, bean-to-bar dark chocolate (made with care in small batches) has a multitude of flavors. For example, customers usually rave about how our bar from Ecuador tastes like a rich brownie! That's is what good dark chocolate can do to your taste buds! And the more your taste buds are stimulated, the more your stomach (thanks, brain) will be tricked into thinking they’ve had enough.
But down take my word for it. Go ahead an try it yourself. Break open a grocery store-quality bar and a small batch bar and see what we mean.
2. Diminishes the weight gain caused by stress.
You’ve probably heard it before, but things such as lack of sleep and stress can wreak havoc on your waistline. And things like work, the holiday season, prepping for the summer season, kids, dating, you name it ups our stress levels considerably for many of us.
Research has shown that dark chocolate helps reduce the effects of stress on your metabolism. So headed to your family for dinner? Stressed about a work-related project? Don’t, we repeat, leave home without the dark chocolate.
1. Increases your sex drive!
Yup, you heard that right. Burn calories while getting the nookie! It’s true. Dark chocolate is an aphrodisiac. So leverage that cacao by putting you in the mood. It’s not going to burn a ton of calories, but hey, every little bit helps. Chocolate also contains phenylethylamine which is known to stimulate the release of dopamine into the pleasure areas of the brain that are commonly associated with an orgasm.
Our Brooklyn-based craft chocolate company has a unique mission: to build love and community with chocolate. We want a bar of our chocolate to be the beginning of a conversation, relationship or community - urging a group of people to sit down over a shared passion (chocolate or not) and appreciate a single experience.