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Pros & Cons of Chocolate

Learn the pros and cons of chocolate from nutrition expert Alex Jamieson in this Howcast video.

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Most people love chocolate. And they might be wondering, cons of chocolate? How could there be anything wrong with chocolate? Well, there are some benefits and there are some dangerous aspects to chocolate. Some of the benefits of chocolate is that eating small amounts over time can reduce your anxiety and stress levels. And you probably knew that already. Chocolate can also actually improve your cardiovascular system. It can lower your blood pressure, and it can help you feel overall, good. But you knew that already right. However, there are some parts to chocolate that can actually be hurting us. One is that chocolate doesn’t come by itself. You’re not just eating raw cocoa powder. You’re probably consuming it with a lot of diary and a lot of sugar. And most people have a problem digesting dairy, which can cause inflammation. It can cause digestive trouble. It can also cause skin outbreaks. We also consume most of our chocolate with sugar. And that sugar can raise our insulin rates, and it can cause inflammation over time. So you have to be aware that you’re consuming the best quality chocolate. I like to use raw cacao beans or raw cocoa powder, and add it to a smoothie with some natural fruits that are sweet like bananas or dates. And that helps to even out the insulin response in your body while still providing the delicious taste and benefits of chocolate. So there’s a few different kinds of chocolate. There’s dark chocolate. There’s white chocolate, and there’s milk chocolate. Dark chocolate really is the most beneficial. The more cocoa a chocolate has in it, the darker it is. Milk chocolate is very low in cocoa, has more milk solids in it, and usually more sugar as well. White chocolate is only the cocoa bean fat. It doesn’t actually have any of the cacao in it. So that doesn’t have any benefits at all, except it tastes good and it has some sugar in it, which we like. But for the real benefits you want to go with the dark chocolate. The higher the percentage of the cacao, the better. So 65, 75, 85 per cent cacao—those are really going to give you the benefits.

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