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A Healthy Way to Curb the Sweet Tooth

Want a great healthy way to curb the sweet tooth? Try dark chocolate! It is not only a great way to satisfy the sweet tooth, it provides many healthful benefits, too.

The more cocoa the chocolate contains the healthier it is for you. It is like most anything else when acquiring a taste for it. Some people have to start on the lower side such as 50% and work their way up. I am up to 88% cocoa like shown in the photo. In fact, this is the bar of chocolate I just purchased from Whole Foods. When first consuming dark chocolate, it tends to have a bitter taste. But, it grows on you and soon becomes a nice treat that you will enjoy.

Dark chocolate (not to be mistaken for milk chocolate) is beneficial for the heart and brain and is a great treat for diabetics. It will actually contribute to lowering your blood sugar. It is low on the glycemic index and will assist in reducing insulin resistance. Another contributing factor is the fact it will curb your appetite for eating other sweets. This will help in cutting back the blood sugar count.

Dark chocolate causes the brain to release endorphins which essentially will make you feel happier. It definitely is a great mood enhancer!

And, as far as heart health, dark chocolate has been linked to lowering blood pressure and increasing your blood flow between the heart and the brain. It has been noted in decreasing the chance for blood clots and decreasing one's chance for hardening of the arteries.

Other healthful benefits for this yummy sweet morsel of chocolate (I eat one small piece per day) include lots of antioxidants, vitamins and minerals.

So, why not make dark chocolate a daily treat in your diet? Can you afford to lose out on all the great health benefits?

The photo image is mine taken with my iPhone of the dark chocolate bar purchased from Whole Foods this week.


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Comments

momathome wrote on June 12, 2014, 6:17 PM

You've struck on a topic close to my heart (or is it my tastebuds or stomach? oh well)! I LOVE dark chocolate. Don't get me wrong I like milk chocolate, too. But dark chocolate is my absolute favorite!

LeaPea2417 wrote on December 29, 2015, 4:51 PM

I like dark chocolate a lot. I eat it often. I like all chocolate really but dark does hold a special place in my taste buds.

AliCanary wrote on January 23, 2016, 10:35 AM

I've always loved milk chocolate, but I am developing more of a taste for dark chocolate. I'm glad it's healthy!