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Be Choosy about Chocolate

Not All Chocolate is Created Equal

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1/6/2014 2:33:49 PM

BEARBOYLE's SparkPage
I wish there were more source citations in this post, especially regarding the no-milk-with-chocolate recommendation. And I've seen similar warnings against milk with blueberries. In my own (admittedly limited) amount of research, though, I've found those recommendations to be a bit hasty. There simply hasn't been enough research to support such restrictions so conclusively.

One of the best papers I've seen so far on all this can be found at https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/
PMC2871118/ . It's a few years old (2010), but it's fairly comprehensive and not quite as jargon-laden as most scientific reports.

As usual, it seems the best way to eat for good nutrition is to consume a wide variety of foods in moderation.
10/31/2013 4:01:23 PM

ALICIALYNNE's SparkPage
Too bad, to me, chocolate tastes absolutely horrible unless there is milk added. I have tried to eat those super-expensive dark chocolate bars, and they just taste awful to me. Bitter.
ALDEBARANIAN
8/6/2013 9:14:10 PM

Thanks for this long overdue article.

Actually, I like cocoa powder stirred into a cup of hot water. But then, I like black coffee, too.
7/31/2013 9:15:01 AM

KYLAR_STERN's SparkPage
Dang... Didn't know about the milk thing. I'd been adding some cocoa powder to cottage cheese and adding 1/2 or less packet of splenda. I thought I was being smart, great late night snack with protein and antioxidants to satisfy that chocolate craving. In the microwave, it's like warm, rich, chocolate pudding or frosting even.

Guess the cocoa powder only goes in the oatmeal now, and it turns into a carby snack...
BAMAJAM
3/26/2013 2:50:02 PM

What a shock to learn that the nutrients are negated when chocolate is combined with milk! Please say this isn't so...
CORRIE3222
3/26/2013 10:28:19 AM

Another thing to think about when choosing chocolate is whether or not it is Fair Trade. Most of our chocolate comes from places that are using forced child labor. Look into it. You'll be astounded. Disappointed that wasn't mentioned in this article.
3/25/2013 1:33:35 PM

LOLAINSC's SparkPage
I add the unsweetened cocoa to my daily breakfast smoothie--only 3 calories a teaspoon and chocolate goes great with most fruit--pineapple, strawberries, bananas.
3/23/2013 9:27:59 AM

STARLIGHTSHADOW's SparkPage
Urgh, that may all be well and good, but chocolate is an indulgence for me, a little sweet treat, and I can't stand dark chocolate except as an ingredient in my baking.

So, I'll stick to a great milk choc, skip the antioxidants, and just let myself enjoy my chocolate. My favorite (since I'm in Germany at the moment, there's so many great choices) either Ritter Sport Alpenmilch or, if I'm feeling especially like indulging, a piece of (I think it's Cailler) Rayon honey and milk chocolate.
CHOCOLATEMOM1
3/23/2013 9:21:03 AM

Our family have been consuming Xocai Healthy Chocolate since February of 2009! Best decision we have EVER made! Within a few months, our daughter no longer gets her migraine headaches, my arthritis in my knees have disappeared, my husband has come off 3 meds (acid reflux, blood pressure & cholesterol) and I have lost 25 lbs. I love this company and their products - taking chocolate back to being a functional food is absolutely brilliant! Anyone and everyone can benefit from flooding their bodies with these extraordinary antioxidants in this decadently delicious form! It slows degeneration and aging, addresses inflammation and is a powerhouse for weight loss - not to mention feeling great energy, moods and enhanced athletic performance! Check out www.chocolate4yourhealth.com
CHOCOLATEMOM1
3/23/2013 9:21:03 AM

Our family have been consuming Xocai Healthy Chocolate since February of 2009! Best decision we have EVER made! Within a few months, our daughter no longer gets her migraine headaches, my arthritis in my knees have disappeared, my husband has come off 3 meds (acid reflux, blood pressure & cholesterol) and I have lost 25 lbs. I love this company and their products - taking chocolate back to being a functional food is absolutely brilliant! Anyone and everyone can benefit from flooding their bodies with these extraordinary antioxidants in this decadently delicious form! It slows degeneration and aging, addresses inflammation and is a powerhouse for weight loss - not to mention feeling great energy, moods and enhanced athletic performance! Check out www.chocolate4yourhealth.com
3/23/2013 8:44:46 AM

ZAPPING's SparkPage
If you are ever in San Francisco I recommend doing a tour of Tcho. They are obviously biased to their chocolate, but they will give you a great run through how chocolate is made, the natural ingredients versus what some companies add, and the labor process. It was a great addition to our last vacation there.
3/23/2013 7:04:38 AM

CASEYSAUER's SparkPage
I enjoy all chocolate! My favorite is extra dark!
3/23/2013 4:04:30 AM

ANATASHIKI's SparkPage
I don't like dark chocolate and it will never count as eating chocolate for me. I like cocoa powder more than dark chocolate and I mix it in my oatmeal.
3/23/2013 2:51:28 AM

AMOMENTSNOTICE's SparkPage
WHAT!!!??? --Don't combine it with milk or it loses the nutritional benefits!? For most foods I wouldn't say this, but this is a case of "If it tastes good, it's bad for you"! This is tragic news for this chocoholic.

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2/10/2013 10:04:58 AM

WINEALITTLE's SparkPage
After reading this, I put 1/2 teaspoon of King Arthur double-dutch dark cocoa in my cup of coffee. That hint of cocoa produced the most amazing flavor! I doubt I'll ever drink "plain" coffee again.

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