• Deanne Panday

Chocolate - A delicious dilemma? ……. Ummm, No more !

Few foods can elicit the same kind of passion as chocolate.Whether it’s milk, dark or even white chocolate, one can’t deny how powerfully comforting, creamy, delicious it is — many people eat chocolate at least several times a week.

This calls for the prime question to be addressed….

Is Chocolate good for you ?

My answer is a Yes and a No.

Though chocolate is one of the few sweets known to impart health benefits,but that doesn’t apply to just any chocolate. It’s important to distinguish between the different types of chocolate, as all are not nutritionally equal.

Chocolate has been used for centuries to treat bronchitis, sexual malaise, fatigue,

hangovers, anemia, depression, memory loss, high blood pressure, poor eyesight,

and more. It also helps release that feel-good neurotransmitter— serotonin—in the


But,eat the wrong kind and you will amass loads of sugar,calories and unhealthy ingredients.

The good news about eating chocolate -

‘Eat your chocolate responsibly’

Chocolate begins life as raw cacao (pronounced kah-kow) beans. Loaded with

antioxidants, minerals, vitamins, and plant phenols, cacao is a powerful superfood.

The more processed cacao becomes, however—think commercially produced candy

bars—the fewer healthy components remain.

So how do I get the most out of my chocolate fix?

  • Opt for dark - Don’t be afraid of the dark. The darker the chocolate, the more beneficial cacao it contains.

  • Practice portion control - Know your percentages: the number on dark chocolate packaging refers to the percentage of cacao bean in chocolate. For maximum health benefit, look for dark chocolate that has 75% to 85% cacao.

  • Go raw —or as unprocessed as possible.

Finally, a secretly-good for you chocolate treat is what one would occasionally crave

for and so do I. If you want a quick fix at home, try this at home tonight.

Raw Chocolate Truffles

Prep time: 20 minutes

Makes 25 truffles

1 cup raw cacao powder

1 cup cashews or macadamia nuts

½ cup maple syrup

Water ( to mix)

Roll-in ingredients: shredded coconut, chopped nuts, chocolate nibs,

raw sugar, cacao powder, ginger, or something else you love.

  • Mix cashews in a food processor until a powder, adding enough water to create a thick paste.

  • Add maple syrup to cashews and pulse to process.

  • Add cacao powder. Pulse to process.

  • Refrigerate for four hours or overnight for best results.

  • Form teaspoon-sized balls of dough. Coat balls in your chosen roll-in ingredients!

About Me -

A health and fitness expert,writer and author of two books I'm Not Stressed (Secrets for a Calm Mind and a Healthy Body), and Shut Up and Train. Helping women ‘unleash their awesome’ with an empowering approach to health and fitness. My philosophy revolves around salutary living without cutting back on your cravings yet achieving the amazing body one never knew they had.

My main goal is to help YOU achieve your health and fitness goals the sane and simple way so you can maintain those results long-term, while becoming the best, most awesome version of yourself.

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