The Best Diet Hack
If you buy quality dark chocolate with a high cocoa content, then it is actually quite nutritious.
It contains a decent amount of soluble fibre and is loaded with minerals.
A 100 gram bar of dark chocolate with 70-85% cocoa contains.
• 11 grams of fibre.
• 67% of the RDA for Iron.
• 58% of the RDA for Magnesium.
• 89% of the RDA for Copper.
• 98% of the RDA for Manganese.
It also has plenty of potassium, phosphorus, zinc and selenium.
Of course, 100 grams (3.5 ounces) is a fairly large amount and not something you should be consuming daily.
All these nutrients also come with around 600 calories and moderate amounts of sugar. For this reason, dark chocolate is best consumed in moderation.
The fatty acid profile of cocoa and dark chocolate is excellent. The fats are mostly saturated and monounsaturated, with small amounts of polyunsaturated.
It also contains stimulants like caffeine and theobromine, but is unlikely to keep you awake at night as the amount of caffeine is very small compared to coffee.
Other benefits of dark chocolate are:
• Dark chocolate is a powerful antioxidant
• It may improve blood flow and lower blood pressure
• It raises HDL and protects LDL against oxidation
• May lower the risk of cardio vascular disease
• It can protect your skin against the sun
• Dark chocolate can improve brain function
We personally recommend 80-85% dark chocolate from brands like Green & Black and Lindt, a few squares of this alongside a protein shake or a good cup of coffee and it will help satisfy any cravings you are having.
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