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How to enjoy chocolate and stay in shape

15-Nov-2012

For all the chocolate lovers...

The evidence championing the health benefits of chocolate keeps piling up, recently researchers have discovered that dark chocolate and natural cocoa contains more flavenols and polyphenols than the juices of superfoods like blueberries, cranberries and acai berries. Flavenol and polyphenols are the wonderful antioxidants that help to reduce the risk of heart disease and fight ageing! I strongly believe that being fit and healthy should not be extremist, it just never works out for the best, it’s important to indulge once in a while and for most of us this usually involves some kind of chocolate. What we fail to remember is that there is a big difference between treating yourself and overindulging, here are my top 3 tips for being smart about enjoying chocolate;

1. Limit your intake and eat slowly. Try eating a small bar of chocolate, if you stick to a few squares at a time then you won’t stray too far off course. The danger zone is when you have a whole block sitting in front of you, if you are like me you will be nibbling until the whole thing is gone!

2. This one might be tough but dark chocolate is by far the least processed and best chocolate you can eat. Try to gradually work your taste buds on to a darker, better quality brand of chocolate that has a high cocoa content, when you are ready for it try a 70% cocoa bar (this may take some time). Milk chocolate and especially white chocolate should only be eaten occasionally, they don’t have nearly the same health benefits and are high in sugar and milk.

3. Be a bit creative, instead of choosing sugar packed milo and drinking chocolate try cocoa, chocolate coated berries, and nuts such as almonds or walnuts will give you the same taste with less fat and at least you will be getting antioxidants!

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