Reasons to Eat More Dark Chocolate

When the body craves sugar or fat, we can tend to turn to unhealthy options. This is where dark chocolate can come in and save the day.

Dark chocolate is what keeps me going some days. I have always had a huuuuge sweet tooth. I used to eat a lot of candy to fill that void. Thankfully, like a knight in shining armor (or shiny wrapping paper), dark chocolate appeared in my life.

Dark chocolate not only tastes delicious, but it’s healthy for you. I’d definitely still put it at the top of the food pyramid– something you don’t want to eat everyday– but something to have on hand when the craving strikes as a healthy alternative to what else could be indulged in.

Dark chocolate contains contains healthy fats, and serves as a replacement for other unhealthier options we might be tempted to eat. The more frequently we can replace unhealthy options with healthier options, the better our health outcomes will be.

Especially for women and female health, dark chocolate is beneficial. There’s a reason we crave chocolate during that time of the month. Because dark chocolate comes from a plant (the cacao plant), it contains phytochemicals– in particular, phytoestrogen, a chemical or plant hormone that mimics the effects of estrogen and can thereby help boost estrogen levels in women. Many women are estrogen-deprived and our hormones control many important functions in the body, so it’s important to keep them balanced, and dark chocolate can help with that.

So, in case you needed it, this is me giving you permission to get out there and eat more dark chocolate! I especially recommend the Taza brand or any brand that uses natural ingredients and minimal processing.

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As always, I recommend eating intuitively, so if this post does not resonate with you on that level, then it’s not for you. Follow your own inner guidance first and foremost.

emily herron