Here's a healthy holiday eating tip for all you chocolate lovers - according to a 2011 study from the European Journal of Nutrition, dark chocolate gives you more energy than a traditional energy bar. It also boosts your antioxidant levels and releases “feel-good” hormones into your bloodstream.
Of course, the danger of telling you that chocolate is good for you is the same danger as saying the sun is good for you. Get too much and you undo all the benefits. Plus, chocolate products themselves can start to cause more harm than good when you add in the sugar, fat, etc.
So, when it comes to choosing chocolate, here are a few tips:
- Choose one with 70 percent cocoa content or higher. These bars tend to be a bit more bitter than sweet, which speaks to the higher cocoa concentration.
- Aim for less than 10 grams of sugar per serving.
- Limit yourself to 2 to 3 ounces a day at most. And, as always, go organic. Think choc-a-little not a lot.