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There are TWO simple rules to follow with chocolate consumption that can really help maintain your health and stop overindulging….
But first…Why do we crave chocolate?? A number of reasons…
- Primarily in nature sugar is only found with nutrition (minerals, vitamins, antioxidants amino acids etc) – so when ever we are craving sugar we are really craving nutrients – The best way to get rid of sugar cravings is to improve the amount of nutrients you bring into your body.
- Carbohydrates (like chocolate) make us feel good…We know that eating carbohydrates increases serotonin (our feel good hormone) – essentially making us happier. So, if you are not happy in your life you will overeat carbohydrates to make yourself happy (that’s another blog..)
- Chocolate is a good source of Magnesium – a key mineral for energy production and a muscle relaxant. A nutritionist who’s tested the most people for Magnesium deficiency in New Zealand has found that 85% of people tested were deficient (that’s why I put a healthy dose of magnesium in my BePure ONE)
O.K. So, the rules for Chocolate consumption….
RULE #1 – Eat only high quality, high cocoa solids chocolate.
Eat high cocoa chocolate – I recommend only eating at least 70% cocoa chocolate. Ideally 85% cocoa chocolate! Cocoa is actually a superfood, it has one of the best antioxidant profiles of any food on the planet. So, what does that mean? It means that it has the potential to protect you from both cancer and heart disease – Antioxidants are also one of the keys to staying young (click here to learn more about antioxidants and where to get them from). One of the main problems with low cocoa chocolate (20% to 40%) is the amount of sugar contained in them – the high sugar content can lead to blood sugar imbalances (which over time leads to type 2 diabetes) but also cause you to PACK ON THE FAT! In contrast a 100gram bar of 85% cocoa chocolate only has 4 teaspoons of sugar in it. Not too bad! Which means even if you eat a quarter of the bar you will only be getting one teaspoon of sugar effecting your blood sugar levels. And you know what? It’s tough to eat a whole bar of 85% chocolate (that’s not a challenge!).
Chocolate quality is another issue…cocoa plants are traditionally treated with pesticides and recently pesticide residues in cocoa has become a growing issue – so I recommend only buying organic chocolate like Green and Black’s.
Rule #2 – Eat protein and fat with chocolate.
The saving grace of chocolate is that it is quite high in fat. This fat will help slow down the uptake of the carbohydrates and will help stabilise the effects of sugar on blood glucose levels. To further the stabilisation of blood sugar levels you should try and eat to your own macronutrient profile (I teach people how to know this in my Life Changing Programme) – this means that if you are an inuit or protein type and were going to have a piece of chocolate after a meal…you’d eat slightly less carbohydrates with the meal, and then eat the chocolate as the carbohydrate.
You can also get away with eating more carbohydrates than right for you directly before you exercise. Therefore, if you are going to have extra carbohydrates in the form of chocolate do it right before you exercise and this will minimise the effects of the sugar on your blood glucose levels.
Enjoy your chocolate! And Happy Easter!
Love your body!