Nutrition Guide

DARK CHOCOLATE

Recommended use: Use in moderation when earned.

Although chocolate is generally considered candy (not unjustified in the case of white and milk chocolate), cocoa beans are a natural food and actually highly nutritious. They have a healthy fat profile with a high concentration of monounsaturated fats. They are also full of flavanols, micronutrients that have been shown to protect against cardiovascular disease.

The darker you like your chocolate, the better. As a rule of thumb, every % that’s not cocoa content is added sugar. So a 70% dark chocolate bar contains twice as much sugar as an 85% bar. And a 55% bar even three times as much. Although really dark chocolate (78-85% cocoa content) is an acquired taste, nothing beats it once you get a taste for it. We advise you to really try.

Think of chocolate more as a supplement than a food. Have a few squares now and then, but don’t eat entire bars at a time.