CHOCOLATE

Studies show that dark chocolate (70-85%) has more antioxidants than most foods, and has a direct effect on improving insulin sensitivity. But chocolate is also an energy-dense food, it means that excessive consumption of chocolate can contribute to weight gain and health complications associated with overweight [1].

Although milk chocolate has a similar energy value (2 290 kj / 100 g) to dark chocolate (85%) (2 485 kj / 100 g), you can still choose a more appropriate alternative of it. These chocolates vary considerably in the amount of simple sugar.

Assume that 1 cube of sugar contains 5 g of simple sugars.

The benefits of moderate cocoa or dark chocolate consumption (> 70% cocoa content) outweigh the potential risks of their consumption [1].

[1] KATZ, David L., Kim DOUGHTY a Ather ALI. Cocoa and Chocolate in Human Health and Disease. Antioxidants & Redox Signaling [online]. 2011, 15(10), 2779-2811 [cit. 2020-02-11]. DOI: 10.1089/ars.2010.3697.

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