Is dark chocolate really good for you?
- 06-25-2012, 03:25 PM
- 06-25-2012, 03:54 PM
Good in moderation (lot of calories). Supposedly has a decent content of resveratrol. Sure is better than milk chocolate junk.“I believe most people are essentially good. I know that I am. It's you I'm not entirely sure of.”
― Stephen King.
06-25-2012, 04:34 PM
Additionally dark chocolate is touted as a source of monounsaturated fatty acids. A 2007 study is available on pubmed with this title: Monounsaturated fat-rich diet prevents central body fat distribution and decreases postprandial adiponectin expression induced by a carbohydrate-rich diet in insulin-resistant subjects. I can't post links yet. I know the study sounds very specific, and who knows how the results will translate into a trained population with a clean diet and well functioning insulin response.
I think it is the cacao content that you really want to pay attention to, the higher the percentage the more mufas you're getting. Up around 60 or 70% it becomes pretty bitter to my tongue and at 85% it's like eating batteries or something.
Of course mufas are also prevalent in various nuts, some fish, olive oil. Almonds for sure.
06-25-2012, 04:58 PM
06-26-2012, 01:03 AM
One of the most cut people I ever knew ate a half of a candy bar every day, but they had it worked out in their macros.
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06-26-2012, 02:29 AM
It's because it has antioxidants and milk chocolate or white chocolate does not. Not sure if you know this, but oxygen allows us to live, but it slowly poisons us by oxidizing our body. Same with free radicals from cooking meats. Antioxidants help fight off these free radicals by binding a proton to them instead of them taking one from our organs. Basicly, antioxidants can make you live healthier longer and age slower.
06-26-2012, 06:51 AM
Thinking there's got to be a better way to consume beneficial nutrients than by eating ANY chocolate....LOL.
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06-26-2012, 09:41 AM
07-20-2012, 01:21 AM
07-21-2012, 06:52 PM
I love the ghiradhelli 100% cacao bars. I ate 2 of them on Wednesday with a chicken dish I made
Cacao contains anandamide pea and a lil caffeine.
Anandamiide act like a cb1 partial agonist. Caffeine a d pea are stims. If you eat too much (like the 2 bars I had) you'll definitely feel it. It destroys my appetite like no other.
Aside from that it has great orca value good fiber and fats. Some of the fats are not able to be digested though.
07-22-2012, 01:39 AM
I thought that was pretty interesting. He was kind of IIFYM before IIFYM existed lol.
07-22-2012, 02:24 AM
i would imagine it would have similar benefits to a glass of red wine once or twice a week... it can be beneficial but if overused can be detrimental
07-24-2012, 04:00 PM
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07-24-2012, 08:48 PM
07-26-2012, 03:22 PM
08-01-2012, 01:52 AM
yeah, as people have already said, its the cacao that's good for you as an antioxidant and has some cardiovascular benefits like a positive effect on blood pressure. the higher the cacao %, the better it is for you, however, the higher that % the grosser it tastes (imo)... just too bitter... plus, they recommend 100g a day to see the cardiovascular benefits which ends up being like half a bar of ghiradellis (sp?), which can get pretty expensive. i ate it everyday for about a month or two, but just dont like the taste, so i gave it up and spent the money on heart-healthy supplements haha.
08-01-2012, 02:07 AM
08-01-2012, 10:35 AM
Yea manOriginally Posted by JudoJosh
100% cacao (3 pieces of a bar)
Can add a fruit like pineapple or mango for the sweetness
If you want add on at the end
08-03-2012, 04:41 AM
08-03-2012, 06:46 AM
When you say healthy, its BETTER than milk chocolate from a calorie point of view 85%+ but I wouldnt say its a staple
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