We may not associate chocolate with health eating, but there is growing awareness of the benefits of dark chocolate. The key ingredient, cocoa beans, is rich in flavonoids, which are antioxidants that ward off damage to your cells and organs. Typically, a higher percent of cacao, say 72%, translates to less added sugar.
Does this mean dark chocolate could protect us from heart disease and cancer? Well, we know antioxidants are thought to protect our cells, but we do need to balance our portion size, given the fat, sugar, and calories packed into each bite.
The answer is, enjoy this treat, but consider portion size. If you can’t find small dark chocolate bars, try this to tackle the temptation. Most bars have at least 2 servings of about 200 calories per serving. Split the bar into 2 or 4 pieces and wrap each in aluminum foil. Throw in the refrigerator or freezer to maintain freshness and to keep from munching too easily.