YES, chocolate is healthy! Its antioxidants are associated with heart health, blood sugar control, cognitive health, reduced inflammation, and increased immunity.
BUT, chocolate PRODUCTS run a long gamut from quality to junk, HEAVILY weighted on the junk end.
Let’s clear out 90% of the junk right now: Nestle Crunch bars and anything in the same orbit (i.e., other “drug store” bars, plus virtually all boxed chocolates – even upscale brands like Godiva) are as junky as the day is long in June.
How, then, can you spot a healthy chocolate product?
The three main ingredients in a chocolate bar are a chocolate source, a fat source, and a sweetener source. If you find something with quality versions of these, you’ve got something healthy.
CAVEAT: junky additives like caramel or toffee will negate the quality of an otherwise-healthy product. Too much sugar always negates quality.
See below to learn what quality and junky chocolate, fat, and sweetener sources are, and also for recommended chocolate brands and recipes for EZ no-bake chocolate treats!
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