5 Things That Happen to Your Body When You Eat Chocolate
Good news alert: Chocolate can enhance your health. The keyword here, though, is “can.” Depending on the exact chocolate you use (and of course how much of it you eat), you may or may not reap the fermented dessert’s wellness-boosting benefits.
”Look for at least 70 percent cocoa,” says Cordialis Msora-Kasago, RD, regional nutrition manager for Sodexo and spokesperson for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. “The higher the percentage, the more nutritious the chocolate.”
”Also, check the label for other ingredients, like added sugar,” says Jeff Csatari, author of The 14-Day No Sugar Diet. Csatari elaborates that even if you get a bar that’s technically dark chocolate, it could still have a significant amount of sugar (and the calories that come with it). Since sugar displaces the health-promoting cacao solids, indulging in a sugar-sweetened treat will minimize many of the health benefits you’ve come to learn about dark chocolate.
However, if you do want a chocolate treat that’s a little more filling, you can always go with one paired with nuts, Msora-Kasago says. “Look for wholesome foods, like nuts, to enhance the efficacy of the chocolate,” she suggests.
As for those nutrients you get from higher percentage chocolate and the health advantages that accompany it, let’s take a look at chocolate’s health benefits (and pitfalls)—beyond its tasty flavor. Think of it as permission to give into a little chocolate craving every day.