Saturday, February 6, 2010
Valentines day and chocolate are synonymous for many people. Dark chocolate (at least 60% cacao) is rich with antioxidants that fight off free radicals and flavonoids that can help relax blood pressure by producing nitric oxide that balances hormones in the body. Not all chocolates are created equal, milk chocolate has very little nutritional value and white chocolate is quite divorced from the cacao tree and doesn't really even fall under the chocolate category.
As with any sweet treat, a little nibble goes a long way. Try Cacao in its pure form by purchasing cacao nibs and sprinkling them on your porridge or adding them to a trail mix, smoothie or muesli.
The chocolate industry has been linked to child labor and unsustainable farming practices so it's especially important to look for Fair Trade chocolates that support the farmers and oppose child labor.