I will admit it feels like something is missing if I don’t have a piece of chocolate each day. Not a coffee drinker, I choose chocolate for a bit of a wake-up as well as to savor something decadent. Nowadays there are chocolate bars flavored with everything from mint to raspberry to hazelnut so almost anyone can join the fun.
The good news is that chocolate is increasingly touted for its health benefits, and the list keeps growing! Want more physical energy and alertness? Hunting for an aphrodisiac? Looking to lower your risk of Alzheimer’s disease, cancer, or diabetes, or to live longer? Would you like to improve your gastrointestinal flora? Amazingly, chocolate takes the cake.
The higher quality and darker the chocolate, the greater the health benefits. So cacao products and minimally processed chocolate products are reportedly the best bet. It’s also important your chocolate doesn’t have too high a sugar content; Trader Joe’s makes some yummy sugar-free chocolate bars.