Did You Know that “National Chocolate Day” is observed annually on October 28th Every Year?
Wow! I personally love Chocolate.
While there are many specific chocolate related holidays throughout the year, National Chocolate Day celebrates “ALL THINGS CHOCOLATE” Move Over Valentine’s Day.
As America’s favorite flavor and Mine~Chocolate is well deserving of its own day of honor and celebration. (Some sources designate July 7 or December 28 as Chocolate Day or International Chocolate Day.) In order to Help you Celebrate National Chocolate Day, I have rounded up some Fabulous yet Interesting, Tidbits and Facts around the National Chocolate so you can binge with Me and experiment with a few of the Many Ways to Enjoy it!
THE BEST Part is it’s right before Hallowe’en– which Makes this Holiday have perfect timing! And My New Favourite!
Let’s Chat about Dark Chocolate, shall we?
Sorry, I’m personally Not A Fan of Dark Chocolate, I prefer Milk Chocolate. I’ll get to that later or you can skip to that part right here. I know it’s suppose to be good for us So here are 7 Awesome Health Benefits of Dark Chocolate.
7 Awesome & AMAZING Health Benefits of Dark Chocolate
- Protection from Disease-Causing Free Radicals.
- Potential Cancer Prevention.
- Improved Heart Health.
- Good for Overall Cholesterol Profile.
- Better Cognitive Function.
- Blood Pressure and Blood Sugar Aid.
- Antioxidant-Rich Superfood.
Who Knew Right?
That information came from this article right here written By Dr. Axe. You can read more about that here: 7 Awesome Health Benefits of Dark Chocolate – Dr. Axe
If you are wondering what are some of the Popular Healthy Dark Chocolate Brands you can see the list here.
Some Popular Healthy Dark Chocolate Brands according to Google search are…
- Organic, fair trade, non-GMO dark chocolate. …
- Organic, fair trade, all natural dark chocolate. …
- Alter Eco. USDA Organic and Fair Trade. …
- Ghirardelli Intense Dark. 72% Cacao and 86% Cacao Chocolate Bars. …
- GODIVA 72% Cacao Chocolate Bars . … This is One of My Personal Favs and if it’s good for me too well then I’m Sold
Godiva is made with 72% Cacao Chocolate Bars. Not processed with alkali. There used to be an 85% – but we can’t find it anymore. There is also some controversy over whether they use GMO Soy Lecithin.
- …I always get this one confused with Lindor. I shop the outlet near me.
- Green & Blacks. …never heard of it.
Why is Dark Chocolate Healthier than Milk Chocolate?
Because Dark chocolate has a higher proportion of flavanols than milk chocolate.
There is a super article written by fitday, which you can read up on here.
What percentage of dark chocolate is good for you?
For men, that number is 150 calories, about 9 teaspoons. Chocolate with 72 percent cocoa solids has less sugar than milk chocolate or even dark chocolate with 50 percent cocoa. A 1-ounce bar of dark chocolate with 70 to 85 percent cocoa contains 6.8 grams of sugar.
San Diego State University compared 31 subjects who ate either dark chocolate containing 70 percent cocoa solids or white chocolate with 0 percent cocoa solids. Which you can read all about the Benefits and Risks of 72 Percent Dark Chocolate Here.
How is Chocolate made?
Chocolate comes from the seed of the tropical Theobroma cacao tree. Cacao, which has been cultivated for at least three millennia, is grown in Mexico, Central America and Northern South America. The earliest known documentation of using cacao seeds is from around 1100 BC. The cacao tree seeds have a very intense, bitter taste that must be fermented to develop the flavor.
Once the seeds have been fermented, the beans are dried, cleaned and roasted. After roasting, the shell is removed to produce cacao nibs. The cacao nibs are then ground into cocoa mass, which is pure chocolate in rough form. The cocoa mass is usually liquefied then molded with or without other ingredients. At this point in the process, it is called chocolate liquor. The chocolate liquor may then be processed into two components: cocoa solids and cocoa butter.
What are some of the Different Types of Chocolate?
- Unsweetened baking Chocolate– is made from the cocoa solids and cocoa butter in varying proportions.
- Sweet Chocolate– is made from the cocoa solids, cocoa butter or other fat and sugar.
- Milk Chocolate– sweet chocolate, my personal fav, is made with milk powder or condensed milk.
- White Chocolate– is made from using cocoa butter, sugar and milk but no cocoa solids.
Is White chocolate really Chocolate?
Apparently, White chocolate is made with a blend of sugar, cocoa butter, milk products, vanilla, and a fatty substance called lecithin. Technically, white chocolate is not a chocolate—and it doesn’t really taste like one—because it doesn’t contain chocolate solids.
Yes, I recommend them all! (in moderation of course and not in one seating)
My Personal Fav Chocolate Fixes
- Cadbury Dairy Milk Chocolate Bar if you are into Mega Sweet Milk Chocolate like me, then you will love it!
- Cadbury Fruit and Nut Milk Chocolate Bar
- Hershey’s Milk Chocolate Almond Bar
- Reeces Pieces
- Cadbury Mini eggs I wish they sold these all year long.
- NUTELLA !NUTELLA! NUTELLA!
- Chocolate Cake or Chocolate Muffins
- President’s Choice Chocolate Chip Cookies
- Chocolate covered Strawberries ( thining like a FONDUE) its also Fruit- Double Healthy. 🙂
- Mr. Munchie Chocolate Bunny with Rice Crisps_Yes, You know what I’m talking about.
I Want Some Chocolate NOW- How about You? Comment Below and let us know what is your Favorite Chocolate Fix? Hmmm….
Some More AMAZING Features, Advantages and Benefits about Chocolate and More Reasons to Join in the Celebrations of National Chocolate Day are:
Number #8 AMAZING BENEFITS of Chocolate HAPPIER KIDS!
I will Just start here. If you give a Kid Candy, of Course, they are happier. Happy Kids = Happier Parents.
Women who ate chocolate daily during their pregnancy reported that they were better able to handle stress than mothers-to-be who abstained. Also, a Finnish study found their babies were happier and smiled more.
Hmm, so your options are popping a piece of premium chocolate or sticking a pacifier in your screaming baby’s mouth?
Number #9 AMAZING BENEFITS of Chocolate is WEIGHT LOSS
If you’re wondering how you can add dark chocolate to your diet plan without putting on pounds, the good news is that it should be easier than you expect.
Researchers from the University of Copenhagen found that dark chocolate is far more filling, offering more of a feeling of satiety than its lighter-colored sibling. That is, dark chocolate lessens cravings for sweet, salty, and fatty foods. So if indulging in a bit of healthy dark chocolate should not only make it easy for you to stick to the small portion recommended for optimal health, but it should make it easier for you to stick to your diet in general. Jackpot! Source: Women’s HealthMag
Number #10 Amazing Benefit of Chocolate is A HEALTHIER HEART
The latest research backs up claims that chocolate has cardiovascular benefits: In a 9-year Swedish study of more than 31,000 women, those who ate one or two servings of dark chocolate each week cut their risk for heart failure by as much as a third.
You Can Read the rest of the article here. Source: Women’s HealthMag
Number #11 Amazing Benefit of Chocolate is DIABETES PREVENTION
“Flavonoids increase nitric oxide production,” says lead researcher Claudio Ferri, M.D., a professor at the University of L’Aquila in Italy. “And that helps control insulin sensitivity.” Source: Women’s HealthMag
Number #12 Amazing Benefits of Chocolate is REDUCED STRESS
And as it turns out, that kind of emotional eating might not be such a bad thing. After a breakup, break out a dark chocolate bar rather than a pint of ice cream. Read all about that here Women’s HealthMag
So WHY YOU SHOULD EAT CHOCOLATE
Study after study proves that dark chocolate—sweet, rich, and delicious—is good for more than curing a broken heart. The secret behind its powerful punch is cacao, also the source of the sweet’s distinct taste. Packed with healthy chemicals like flavonoids and theobromine, this little bean is a disease-killing bullet. The only problem? Cacao on its own is bitter, chalky, nasty stuff. Hence why I’m not into the Dark chocolate. Brig on the milk, sugar, and butter—good for your taste buds, not always good for your health!
So limit yourself to 7 ounces, or about four dark chocolate bars, a week.says Mary Engler, Ph.D., a professor of physiological nursing at the University of California at San Francisco Source: Women’s HealthMag
So go ahead and Enjoy yourself and Happy National Chocolate Day! or EAT CAKE!
I Hope YOU Enjoyed this Health and Wellness article regarding the 10 amazing benefits of Chocolate and feel less guilt when you enjoy this treat today and any other day.
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