Everyone, from the American Cancer Society to the American Heart Association, says chocolate, specifically dark chocolate, is good for you. But how can that be? All that sugary, gooey, creamy goodness can’t really be good for you, can it? And what about the saturated fat in chocolate? Doesn’t the presence of saturated fat negate all the health benefits of eating dark chocolate?
Chocolate contains saturated fat, the very stuff doctors tell you to avoid. However, the blend of fats found in chocolate is actually healthier than trans fats found in other high-fat food products, such as red meat. What’s more, chocolate contains heart-healthy nutrients and antioxidants, which makes it a healthy treat. But moderation is key. How do your chocolate consumption habits compare with recommended serving sizes? Read on to find out more about chocolate and saturated fat.
Chocolate Fat Is Healthier Than Fat Found in Meat. Learn Why!
The Facts About Saturated Fat in Chocolate
Saturated fats are most commonly found in meat products, but they are also found in dairy products and some plant oils, such as coconut oil and palm oil. There are several types of saturated fats, and all of them have been linked with an increased risk of heart disease.
While chocolate does contain a small amount of “bad” saturated fat, it also contains heart-healthy monounsaturated fats. What’s more, the saturated fats found in chocolate have not been found to increase cholesterol levels, as reported by the Cleveland Clinic. All in all, chocolate contains a healthier blend of fats that, if consumed in moderation, can actually be good for you.
Chocolate Contains Healthy Ingredients
Chocolate includes flavonoids, antioxidants and flavanols, all of which are very good for you. Flavonoids and antioxidants help rid the body of toxins and slows down oxidation, which can lead to the formation of plaque within arteries. Flavanols have the power to lower bad cholesterol, lower blood pressure and increase blood flow to vital organs. It also prevents the formation of blood clots. Chocolate also contains magnesium, copper, potassium and calcium.
How to Incorporate Chocolate into a Healthy Diet
Yes, chocolate is good for you, but it’s important to keep serving size in mind. Approximately 6.7 grams of dark chocolate (70% cocoa content or higher) per day is an ideal amount for reaping its health benefits, according to the American Society of Nutrition. That’s roughly one or two squares per day or one chocolate bar per week.
It’s true! Eating chocolate is actually good for you. Moderation is key, however. If you consume small amounts of dark chocolate on a regular basis, you can take advantage of all the health benefits that chocolate provides without eating unhealthy amounts of sugar and saturated fat.
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