Why is chocolate good for your health? You’ve really got to love a heading like that! Chocolate – good quality chocolate is great for you, and I would even argue essential for great health. So, what is healthy chocolate, and how can you make it yourself?
I’ve always loved chocolate, but I love real chocolate. Not those bars that adorn the supermarket and milk bar shelves. If you read the ingredients of these chocolates, you’ll see they aren’t traditional but filled with flavours, colours, emulsifiers, thickeners and everything that is artificial. The key to great food is to keep it real and unprocessed!
I started out buying a beautiful, traditionally made chocolate. I’d pay $7 for six pieces and this was one expensive habit. I checked the ingredients against the internet and there it was: a recipe from one of my most well-respected colleagues and friends, Cyndi O’Meara. The best bit of this discovery? That all the ingredients could be bought from her online store.
Every ingredient in Cyndi’s chocolate recipe has a high nutritional profile. The seaweed salt has at least 75 minerals with significant iron and iodine levels. The rapadura sugar is high in vitamins and minerals. The cocoa butter is 60% saturated plant fat which carries fat-soluble vitamins vital for health and a healthy gut. Coconut oil is also a saturated fat containing antimicrobial, anti-parasitic and anti-bacterial properties to name just a few. There are entire books dedicated to singing this wonderful oil’s praises! After all these fab ingredients, the essential oils, nuts goji and other real food additives, you’re only further increasing the nutritional profile of this beautiful treat.
When you read the recipe that follows, you’ll notice that the temperature is not taken beyond 37 degrees. Chocolate is very high in antioxidants, and it’s important to keep it as close to it’s raw state as possible to preserve them.
As more evidence regarding cholesterol arises, we are finally understanding that cholesterol isn’t as bad as we thought- it’s actually a superfood. What we now know, is that oxidised cholesterol, especially VLDL (very low density lipid) is the real threat. Oxidation occurs when the natural levels of antioxidants in our bodies are diminished. Antioxidants ‘soak up’ free radicals which cause oxidation. Foods that are high in antioxidants (raw cacao) are vital for health. So you’ll be pleased to know that this is definitely a case of making your chocolate and eating it too.
I dare you to stop at just one piece… really it’s okay. But I doubt you’ll be able to eat too much, as a healthy brain being fed nutrient-dense food will know when it’s had enough. For me, it’s usually 2-3 pieces.
Of course, you can add your own variations too! I dare you to stop at just one piece.. really it is okay but I doubt you will eat too much as a healthy brain, being fed nutrient-dense food will know when it’s had enough. For me it’s usually 2-3 pieces.