All Chocolate is Not Created Equal

I love chocolate. In fact, I don’t know too many people who don’t like chocolate. It’s tasty, satisfying and thank heavens, it’s good for me too. Shown to decrease inflammation and heart disease risk, chocolate has emerged as a powerful player in the superfoods arena, but beware, not all kinds are equal and many of us don’t really grasp this concept (and it’s an important one). If you want the benefits, you have to buy products with 70% cocoa content. Buying less than 70% means you’re not getting all the benefits that cocoa bean have to offer (but you’ll still get all the fat and calories). This is also not an excuse to go crazy with your chocolate consumption – just 1 oz. has about 150 calories as well as saturated fat. So enjoy your chocolate, but go easy. A few 1 oz. pieces a week should do the trick.

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I love chocolate. In fact, I don’t know too many people who don’t like chocolate. It’s tasty, satisfying and thank heavens, it’s good for me too. Shown to decrease inflammation and heart disease risk, chocolate has emerged as a powerful player in the superfoods arena, but beware, not all kinds are equal and many of us don’t really grasp this concept (and it’s an important one). If you want the benefits, you have to buy products with 70% cocoa content. Buying less than 70% means you’re not getting all the benefits that cocoa bean have to offer (but you’ll still get all the fat and calories). This is also not an excuse to go crazy with your chocolate consumption – just 1 oz. has about 150 calories as well as saturated fat. So enjoy your chocolate, but go easy. A few 1 oz. pieces a week should do the trick.

Blog written by Kristin Kirkpatrick, MS, RD, LD
Kristin Kirkpatrick is a registered dietitian and Wellness Manager for Cleveland Clinic’s Lifestyle 180 program. Kristin has...