How much Dark Chocolate should I eat?

July 5 Artisan Chocolate, Dark Chocolate, Energy, Healthy Foods, Healthy Lifestyle, Natural Foods, Nutrition Comment

To answer the frequently asked question: "how is dark chocolate a healthy food if it contains fat?", we have made some research and want to share the results. 

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Dark chocolate is food, not candy. To be precise, it is a superfood, containing around 380 known chemicals, 10 of which are psychoactive compounds. Studies and articles emphasize moderate  dark chocolate intake provides various health benefits.   One controversial issue is fat content. As a society we are irrationally scared of it.

To answer the frequently asked question: "how is dark chocolate a healthy food if it contains fat?", we have made some research and want to share the results. 

Dark chocolate does contains monounsaturated, polyunsaturated, and saturated fats. Everyone knows that monounsaturated fatty acids and polyunsaturated fatty acids are healthy choices, meanwhile saturated fats are not. But not all the saturated fats are created equal. 

In dark chocolate saturated fats come in the forms of stearic and palmitic acids.   David L. Katz, MD, director of the Yale University Prevention Research Center has stated: "Stearic acid, found in dark chocolate, is clearly non-harmful". Additionally, stearic acid is converted in the liver to oleic acid, a heart-healthy monounsaturated fat, lipid base in the Mediterranean diet, the benefits of which have been proven by scientific research. As for palmitic acid - well, there is no fat-containing food that consists only of unsaturated fat. Even avocados, the healthiest fatty food, contain some saturated fat. Palmitic acid found in chocolate displays mild antioxidant and anti-atherosclerotic properties as some studies has shown, if intake is limited. 

“You can, of course, overeat the stuff—but in moderate doses it is perhaps the quintessential example of a food to love that will love you back,” says David L. Katz. So what would the recommended dose be? There is no solution which will work for everyone. It depends whether you are fueling your training with dark chocolate or reducing a stress level after a pressure filled day at the office. It depends on your individual health as well. You might do as Dr. Mercola, a big dark chocolate advocate, has recommended, eating those 6.7 grams a day (which something about 1-2 square pieces) or go with other studies which recommend from 1 to 1.5 ounces a day. 

Moderate consumption is the key in any case. That is why K'UL products come in a smaller serving size of 1.23 ounces a bar, designed to satisfy a consumer yet encourage moderation. 

Please remember, that all of this is true only for dark chocolate containing at least 70% cacao (cacao beans and cacao butter) and above. 

 May You be Happy and Healthy! 

Sources:

Ingested cocoa can prevent high-fat diet-induced obesity by regulating the expression of genes for fatty acid metabolism

Immediate effects of chocolate on experimentally induced mood states

Chocolate consumption and cardiometabolic disorders: systematic review and meta-analysis.

Fats you should eat 

A different Saturated Fat 

Cocoa and chocolate flavonoids: Implications for cardiovascular health

Live strong: palmitic acid 

Live strong: cocoa butter nutrition

Why you should not feel bad about fueling rides with chocolate 


Posted by K'ul Team

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