Make An Ounce of Chocolate Healthier
“Chemically speaking, chocolate really is the world’s perfect food”. Â –Michael Levine
Â Some Quick Facts
- Cocoa flavanols may help to support cardiovascular health.
- The scientific data that cocoa flavanols may make an important contribution to cardiovascular health continues to grow rapidly.
- Other studies suggest cocoa may help decrease blood pressure. They also say cocoa has prebiotic potential. (Source: American Journal of Clinical Nutrition) Prebiotics are defined as, “non-digestible food ingredients that have a beneficial effect through their selective metabolism in the intestinal tract.” (Gibson et al. 2004)
Sources: Cocoa Flavanols and Cardiovascular Health Report by Bernard R. Chaitman, MD, Harold H. Schmitz. PhD and Carl L Keen, PhD; Division of Cardiology, Department of Medicine, Saint Louis University School of Medicine; Mars, Incorporated; and Department of Nutrition, University of California, Davis.
How YOU Can Make Chocolate Healthier!
Make an ounce of chocolate healthier! Simply use 3 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder plus 1-teaspoon vegetable oil instead of solid chocolate. Preferably use organic unsweetened cocoa powder.
Go super healthy!
Use Organic Cocoa Powder – it is the guilt free way to satisfy your family’s chocolate sweet tooth without high amounts of sugar, fat and preservatives that are common in many commercially available baking cocoa powders. Organic cocoa powder naturally contains cocoa flavanols (polyphenols).
For brownies: Use 3 tablespoons of high-quality organic cocoa and 1 tablespoon of fat-free condensed milk in place of 1 ounce of baking chocolate in your favorite brownie recipe. You will cut 6 grams of fat from the batch.
Chocolate Healthier in Mini Cocoa Cupcake Kabobs
Thread bite-size chocolate cupcakes made with organic cocoa powder onto skewers with marshmallows and strawberries. This makes a delightful finish to your next barbecue or picnic.Â Get a sweet-treat embedded with something good-for-you-to-eat!
Mighty Chocolate Morsels
Get the heart benefits of chocolate without blowing your diet. A report found that just one ounce of dark chocolate was enough to inhibit blood platelets from forming clots. Until now, it was thought it took four times as much. Get one ounce of healthful chocolate by enjoying 57 semi-sweet chocolate morsels (150 calories). Consider trying the Deep Dark Hot Chocolate Recipe or perhaps our Deep Dark Fudge Sauce.