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A Little Dark Chocolate Is A Healthy Holiday Indulgence

Pure Chocolate or Le Chocolat is a Simple Healthy Indulgence

Is Chocolate Healthy For You?

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Le Chocolat, the Coveted Chocolate is Widely Enjoyed in France

The French love chocolate, and most Europeans have an admiration for this delicate and simple healthy indulgence. A small piece, (a square), of simple chocolate is enjoyed as a treat during snack time or after lunch with small coffee. The French enjoy this ritual and buy the planks of  real chocolate to keep on hand for a daily taste. If you have visited France and ordered a café (small coffee)  in a café, sometimes the coffee comes with a small piece of chocolate on the side.

Eating chocolate is part of being French, but if you just want to enjoy the taste you have the green light for indulence, because a delicious, high cacao chocolate (especially dark chocolate) is on the list of healthy foods to eat.

Note: This type of flat plain chocolate such as you see in the picture, (or flat piece with some addition of nuts or raisins) is the best health choice compared to chocolate bars like Snickers, Mars or Milky Way.


The Health Benefits of Chocolate

      • High in Magnesium, a mineral that helps with stress and muscle relaxation
      • High in Flavonoids, which help to lower blood pressure
      • Stimulates ‘Happy Hormone’ Endorphin Production
      • Contains Serotonin, which aids in increasing well-being
      • High in Polyphenol Antioxidants

Choose the Darkest Chocolate From the Chocolate Crowd

chocolat noir, dark chocolate

Why is Dark Chocolate the chocolate with the most health benefits?

  • Lower Glycemic Index than Oatmeal
  • Lowers Cholesterol
  • Improves Blood Flow
  • Anti-Clotting Effects
  • Prevents Plaque Formation

What is your favorite type of chocolate?  Do you get that euphoric feeling after eating a piece?

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6 Responses to Pure Chocolate or Le Chocolat is a Simple Healthy Indulgence

  1. genevieve @ gratitude & greens December 9, 2014 at 00:45 #

    Loved this post- because I am such a huge chocolate lover! I can tolerate milk chocolate, but I pretty much only eat dark chocolate. Can’t stand the super sugary stuff!
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  2. Rebecca @ Strength and Sunshine December 8, 2014 at 19:42 #

    O chocolate! My love! The darker and bitter the better!

  3. Kelsey Newman January 18, 2012 at 08:53 #

    What I love about chocolate is the very sweet taste that leaves a good feeling inside of you after every bite. I have always known that dark chocolates do not only taste good but are also good for the health. Thanks for giving me more information about that.

    • mbrighton January 18, 2012 at 09:50 #

      Hi Kelsey! Merci for your comment. Enjoy your chocolate without guilt and have a great day!


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