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Really, is chocolate that healthy?
There is an unsettling ebb and flow of information about health benefits versus detrimental characteristics of chocolate. It has resulted only in uncertainty about whether we should feel guilty or proud about our indulgences. Once and for all, here is the bottom line about whether chocolate is healthy or hazardous. Ready?... It depends on what type of chocolate. And how much you eat. Raw dark chocolate made from raw cacao power and cacao butter is a nutritional powerhouse. Chocolate made with other fats, fillers and high amounts of sugar (which is the type of chocolate most people consume) is terrible for you.
3-Ingredient Raw Chocolate Recipe
Raw dark chocolate is inexpensive and easy to make. Find ten minutes to try this recipe, and you will never be tempted by low quality, unhealthy chocolate again. You only need three ingredients, which are easily found at health food stores and some supermarkets: (1) raw cacao powder; (2) cacao butter (a solid off-white healthy fat high in oleic acid, which has a positive effect on blood lipid levels); and (3) a liquid sweetener, such as agave or honey.
Measure 1/3 cup of cacao butter into the bowl. Once melted, add 1/4 cup of your liquid sweetener. Then, stir in 1/2 cup of raw cacao powder and mix until smooth. Pour onto a small piece of parchment and place in your freezer until hard. Once you have mastered the basics, experiment with additional ingredients, such as sea salt, cinnamon, dried fruit, nuts and seeds. You can search online for other raw chocolate recipes and inspirations.