Why Integrate Dark Chocolate to Your Food Routine?
Why integrate dark chocolate to your food routine?
Dark chocolate... My favorite food in the world! I enjoy a square of dark chocolate every morning while drinking my coffee, and I can't get enough of it. A small bite that melts in the mouth and brings so much happiness! Did you know that eating dark chocolate is beneficial for your health? It sure is, and I will explain it to you in this article.
*When I refer to dark chocolate, I mean chocolate containing at least 70% pure cacao.
Composition of cacao
Cacao is an excellent source of flavonoids, a powerful antioxidant. It also contains a high content of iron, magnesium and potassium. For example, for one tablespoon of RAW Nutritional's Pure Organic Cacao powder, we get 3% of our recommended daily allowances of iron, 6% of magnesium, as well as 2% of potassium.
- Reduced blood sugar level
- Increased level of good cholesterol (HDL)
- Decreased blood pressure
- Better vascular function
- Improved cholesterol levels
In addition to these physical benefits, cacao has several benefits on our mood and mental health. Indeed, antioxidants in cacao can reduce the stress response and bring a sensation of calm and satisfaction.
How to consume pure organic cacao powder?
Cacao powder can be used in many recipes! Don't hesitate to add it to your smoothies for a perfect chocolatey taste. Another way to drink cacao? In a delicious hot chocolate! Dark chocolate is rarely an ingredient found in commercial hot chocolate mixes, and these are often way too sweet. Making your homemade hot chocolate with real cacao powder is simply exquisite!
Here are some recipes that contain a very interesting amount of Pure Organic Cacao powder from RAW Nutritional :
- Choco Superfoods Mufcakes
- Fudgy Brownies (Oil-Free)
- Chocolaty Caramel Turtles (Vegan & No-Bake)
- Double Chocolate Pudding
- Healthy Vegan Brownies
So, for all these reasons and because it's so delicious that I consume it every day, you should integrate dark chocolate into your food routine. I hope this article will make you smile even more now whenever you are eating dark chocolate!
By Katia Bricka
Writer at RAW Nutritional