as if you need a reason

By haoleboy Latest Reply 2015-04-07 05:26:51 -0500
Started 2015-03-31 12:46:55 -0500

In a study released this month, Italian researchers concluded that consuming cocoa flavanols regularly improves insulin sensitivity.

Dark chocolate. also known as bittersweet or semi-sweet chocolate, is usually defined as chocolate having a cocoa content of 70% or greater. As a point of reference Hershey's Special "Dark" has a cocoa content of just 45%.

I have been eating dark chocolate regularly since my stroke (the antioxidants are also good for your brain) and my favorites are Lindt 85%, Ghirardelli 86% and Green and Blacks Organic 85%. All are reasonably priced, available everywhere and non-dutched. "Dutching" is a process that darkens cocoa and mellows the flavor, but this process also reduces the flavanols … which are the reason for eating dark chocolate. Generally the chocolates that are 90% or better are dutched.

I stick to only 2 squares, or about 20 grams, as that contains 7 carbs and 3 grams of protein. I had never been a big fan of chocolate, but I have really come to enjoy a couple squares with a cup of coffee or tea in the evening. It is an acquired taste, but I think one well worth developing.

more chocolaty information:
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16 replies

GabbyPA 2015-04-07 05:26:51 -0500 Report

Milk chocolate (at least American made) gives me heart burn, so I learned a long time ago to enjoy dark chocolate. Now that it's everyone's health craze, I get to benefit from it. I have looked at the Green and Blacks, but never bought one. I like Lindt best, Chiradelli is good too, but I am usually too tempted to get it with something in it, so my go to is Lindt. Plus it's German chocolate and much better quality than many.

valentine lady
valentine lady 2015-04-02 20:19:31 -0500 Report

Hi Steve,
I have a feeling your going to say "forget it", but my favorite is
Dove Dark Chocolate. I have a funny feeling your going to tell me
it's only 30% or something like that…so just lay it on me.

Pegsy 2015-03-31 20:37:04 -0500 Report

LOL, as if I needed a reason…you are so right there!

I have enjoyed nearly all the chocolates mentioned here. My current chocolate of choice is actually a brand of chocolate chips that I recently discovered. They are called Enjoy Life dark chocolate morsels. They are dairy, nut, gluten and soy free, etc. The ingredients are unsweetened chocolate and cane sugar. They contain 69% cacao. Close enough for me. One tablespoon contains 8 carbs, 2g fiber, and 5g sugar (my limit is 6). I have 1 tablespoon on most days as an afternoon treat. I will savor each chip and allow it to melt in my mouth or I will enjoy them with a small handful of almonds. A healthy taste of Heaven!

Type1Lou 2015-03-31 16:37:06 -0500 Report

My go-to snack when I just have to have something sweet is one square of Lindt dark chocolate topped with a spoonful of all-natural Peanut Butter…soooo good!..and only about 7 grams of total carb!

haoleboy 2015-03-31 17:26:19 -0500 Report

yup … once in a while I will dip my dark chocolate in peanut butter … or eat it with some unsweetened coconut flakes

Jibber Jabber
Jibber Jabber 2015-03-31 14:01:38 -0500 Report

Love love love!!!…I generally eat the Ghirardelli 86%…my favorite!!..But lately I have switched to mostly just using the 100% cacao powder..use it to make mousse and hot cocoa…

haoleboy 2015-03-31 22:56:05 -0500 Report

Ghirardelli Cocoa? Good choice … it is "undutched"

Jibber Jabber
Jibber Jabber 2015-04-01 00:59:07 -0500 Report

Yep…I always by the non dutched products…hell I just went Easter basket shopping for my grandkids…dark chocolate covered blueberries, cranberries and raisins in both of their baskets…undutched from Whole foods…trying to make up two easter baskets for the kiddie winks with treats that have at least some value is a difficult thing…but dark chocolate makes me feel better about giving it to them…and they love it..that being said…some of the treats aren't so healthy..but it is Easter..what's a grandma to do??..OOOoo The cacao powder is not Ghirardelli…if I could find it I would buy it…but it is 100% and organic.undutched and delish…makes a killer cup of hot cocoa with almond milk, cream and stevia..

theladyiscrazy 2015-03-31 13:43:55 -0500 Report

I LOVE dark chocolate. I try and keep mine above 72%. I also look for ones that don't have a lot of extra "stuff" in them. I will have to see what brand I use. I normally get it from Whole Foods.