Let’s be real. Chocolate is the best thing ever invented. Chocolate cake, chocolate brownies, hot chocolate, chocolate covered in chocolate (you see where this is going), it’s all bloody marvelous. If you’re reading this and thinking, ‘Hell, yeah!’ but you’re also slightly concerned about what all that sugar is doing to your waistline (not to mention your skin, teeth, liver), then this one’s for you.
As much as we love to consume that magical sweet treat, the refined sugar in chocolate has no nutritional value whatsoever and, without getting too technical on you, it’s not doing your body any good.
But, stay with me now, there is an up side. Cacao – the bean that chocolate actually originates from – is totally good for us.
Raw chocolate is packed with essential minerals magnesium, calcium, sulfur, zinc, iron, copper and potassium. It has antioxidant properties, essential vitamins, good fats and even protein. Yep, you could basically live off it. With all this in mind, it would be completely crazy for me to advise you to stop eating it, so instead I have come up with a few smart swap ideas that will help you to get the full benefit of chocolate without the added nasties.
Now let’s be sensible, people. Unfortunately this doesn’t mean you can go and consume 25 bars of Doisy and Dam chocolate and be in the best shape of your life (sorry, I’m not a miracle worker) but it’s the small swaps that could make a big difference. You can thank me later.