Yes, chocolate is good for you!

 

Bonjour,

Many studies have confirmed that French cuisine contradicts what we have been told about diet for years. This is what we call the French Paradox theory which is finally gaining a lot of momentum in Australia. In this series I have looked at 5 popular food myths showing why we need to revisit what we think about five supposedly ‘bad’ foods: butter, cheese, breadred wine and today chocolate. Five foods loved and heavily consumed by the French! Remember though, these foods can be friends or foes depending on how we treat, choose and consume them. It’s all about time-tested food wisdom, sensory awareness, portion control and quality over quantity.

Today let’s talk about… Chocolate!

Myth

High in sugar and fat, chocolate leads to obesity and heart disease.

Why chocolate is good for you

In its pure dark form chocolate is a heart-healthy food with more antioxidants than red wine and green tea. It’s particularly rich in flavonoids – antioxidants that assist in blood circulation, boost memory, smooth the skin and protect body cells from free radicals that cause inflammation and oxidation. Flavonoids also help block UV radiation and boost the immune system. Chocolate is packed with magnesium, potassium and iron, minerals that are particularly vital to women’s health. Because it contains serotonin, it can also help fight anxiety and depression.

How to incorporate chocolate in your diet

Rule 1: Choose DARK varieties only, minimum of 70%, even better 85% or 100% for the connoisseurs. Milk or white chocolate is nothing but junk food and is toxic containing a very low quantity of cocoa. It’s highly processed, loaded with sugar, bad fats, preservatives and colouring agents.

Rule 2: Always choose quality over quantity. Organic and fair-trade brands are best.

Rule 3: Enjoy (only) dark chocolate in moderation and without guilt! These little pleasures are key to wellbeing.

Want to have a look at another Food Myth? The one on butter might interest you!

Bon appetit!

Yves