Dark chocolates are classified by the percentage of “cacao” that they contain. Some have more than others. The higher the cacao content and provided the brand hasn't added in other ingredients which compromise sugar count, then you may find yourself with a reasonably reduced sugar chocolate option.
Is Dark Chocolate Healthy?
Dark chocolate is made of cacao, one of the most antioxidant rich foods on the planet. Cacao contains a high level of polyphenols which combat oxidative stress in the body. When consuming chocolate, regardless of the way you choose to eat, it’s important choose eat dark chocolate over other varieties. Why? Because dark chocolate contains more cacao and less sugar than milk chocolate or semi-sweet chocolate. We recommend brands with a minimum of 70% cacao content.
So which brands are available that you could choose from?
Some of the dark chocolate brands we are aware of (you may have come across others) include;
- Pascha. Organic, fair trade, non-GMO dark chocolate
- Alter Eco. USDA Organic and Fair Trade brands
- Ghirardelli Intense Dark 70% +
- Godiva. 72% Cacao Chocolate Bars
- Lindt 70% + (they go up to 99%)
- Green & Blacks 70% +
Should you choose dark chocolate often?
If you think that by discovering dark chocolate you can open up a packet each night then think again. Whilst we do think dark chocolate is the preferred chocolate option we do not recommend you replace the other varieties that you may have been snacking on in your old way of eating to now be frequented by dark chocolate consumption. Go easy and consider this an occasional choice to make.