Life without Chocolate is no life at all but everything in moderation!

About Chocolate – the good, the bad, and the ugly!

The Good

For years, people ate chocolate for its stimulatory properties: it was thought to increase energy, stimulate sexual desire, and generally add zest to life.

Did you know?

  • Chocolate may have an effect on your mood.  Most chocolate is eaten in the winter, which suggests that people often use it as a way to beat the seasonal blues
  • Chocolate is one of the most popular sources of caffeine, which can create a mild dependence
  • Chocolate may also improve cognitive performance
  • Antioxidant-rich cocoa products might improve health, but only if you eat a few small square of dark chocolate
  • Milk chocolate typically contains sugar, cocoa butter, cocoa liquor, milk or milk powder, and vanilla as the base ingredients.
    A Snickers bar contains much more, including lactose, soy lecithin, artificial flavour, corn syrup, milk fat, partially hydrogenated soybean oil, salt, egg whites, and other food additives which means you are getting very little real cocoa per bite
  • Milk chocolate is standard junk food. It’s not nutritious nor healthy
  • Real chocolate contains only cocoa and cocoa butter.  It has virtually no sugar, is high in fibre, and is loaded with maximal doses of antioxidants!

Check out this delicious recipe below for Avocado Chocolate Mousse

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The Bad and the Ugly

Conquer those Chocolate cravings 

If you like chocolate, it makes sense to build some into your diet so try these tips to manage the cravings:

  • Don’t label chocolate as a “bad” food and don’t avoid it totally, as you are likely to end up eating too much
  • Identify when and why you crave sweet treats. It might be when you are tired or feeling low, or at certain times of the month
  • Make a list of distractions, ready for when a craving strikes, e.g. call a friend, go for a walk, clean your teeth
  • Set a time limit of 20 mins before you eat the chocolate.  Turn your attention to something else
  • Include chocolate in your optional calories and choose the best quality available
  • Size matters – the so-called fun-sized bars are about 100 calories each and a King-sized bar is around 450 calories
  • Try substituting other food for chocolate – fruit including frozen grapes, banana or dates, nuts, energy balls

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Check out these five healthy chocolate alternatives


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