Is chocolate good for you?

With April here, it also means Easter is very close by. For some of us, this means we will be indulging in some Easter bunny chocolate’s as well as fun and games with the entire family.

But what about all the sweets and chocolates we will be eating? Is chocolate bad for us or can we go ahead and have as much as we like? When it comes to chocolate, there is a huge difference between what is good for us and what is bad for us. The difference is in the ingredients used such as  Cacao and Cocoa, which sound the same but are actually not. Cocoa is processed cacao.

This means it has been roasted at a high temperature. This process means  that it has less levels of Cacao (which is the good stuff in chocolate). Not only that but Cocoa has less nutrients and often contains sugar, fat and artificial flavoring. The good stuff in chocolate which is Cacao is made through a process of cold processing and unroasted cacao beans rather than high temperature processing. The process ensures that the antioxidants are well preserved.

As dark chocolate has a higher concentration of antioxidants than milk chocolate and contains more cacao, it is the healthier option when it comes to chocolate. Which is why it is better for you. Unlike milk chocolate which is  high in added sugar and unhealthy fats. So when finding sweet treats for your loved ones this Easter, check the label. Go for dark chocolate instead of milk and remember, even if you eat dark chocolate, moderation is key.

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