A lot of folks dismiss chocolate as a candy, but I eat chocolate daily. Why? Because, it’s one of the better things you can eat.
When I’m not doing my intermittent fasting, I eat chocolate daily with my coffee. First thing in the morning.
I get up, heat up my coffee, enjoy some chocolate with it, then practice guitar and draw. I delay my breakfast, or skip breakfast altogether.
Now, most people have been brainwashed to believe that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. It’s not. That was a cereal marketing ad from the 1940s. Don’t believe me? Look it up yourself.
Same thing with the cost of a diamond. What does the ad say? You probably know it off the top of your head.
Obviously, ads work.
But let’s get back to the topic on hand.
Eat chocolate daily – nutrition levels
You’ll hear stories all the time about pregnant women demanding chocolate. Why do they do that? Because, their bodies know that they need certain vitamins and minerals found in chocolate.
Of course, you don’t have to be a pregnant woman to benefit from chocolate. Let’s actually dissect what’s in it.
We buy the store brand chocolate, the stuff that’s 85% cocoa. If you look at its ingredients, there’s hardly anything. That’s good. When buying any food, if you can’t pronounce something, you probably shouldn’t be eating it.
This specific chocolate contains chocolate liquor, cocoa butter, sugar, cocoa powder, and natural flavor. That’s only five ingredients. Yes, that’s a good thing.
It says 85% cocoa on the cover as well. It’s pretty much mostly chocolate.
Yeah, for some folks, that’s too strong. But then again, I drink coffee black. Since my wife and I have been eating real foods, we actually taste our foods and they taste delicious!
Let’s actually go to the USDA nutrition database to get some facts. I love facts, and numbers, and looking up nutrients of foods. I can rattle off numbers like a pro, because I actually enjoy looking up nutrition.
Chocolate has tons of vitamins and minerals. This is straight from the USDA.
For vitamins, 3.5 ounces of chocolate is high in Riboflavin and Vitamin B12, with 25% of your RDA (recommended daily allowance) for Riboflavin and 29% of your RDA for Vitamin B12. It also has a little bit of Thiamine, Niacin, Folate, Choline, Vitamin E, and Vitamin K.
Now this is where I was really impressed. I had no idea chocolate was so high in these many minerals.
Chocolate is actually quite high in Manganese (24%), Phosphorus (30%), and Zinc (24%). It also has Calcium (19%), Iron and Magnesium (18% each).
Geez, next time I go on a weightlifting cutting session, I should eat nothing but steaks, eggs, and chocolate! (And of course, coffee and water to drink).
To be honest, I had no idea chocolate was this good for you until recently. I’ve been eating it for the high fiber content since I’ve been on a semi-Paleo diet and get most of my fiber from fruits and vegetables. I already knew that chocolate was high in…
We all know why your doctor bugs you to eat a high fiber diet. Fiber helps prevent constipation. But it also reduces your chance to get everything from diabetes to heart disease to intestinal cancer. Fiber is great for you.
But did you know, chocolate is one of the highest foods for fiber? Most people don’t know that.
That’s because most chocolate is garbage. You have to buy the real stuff.
The real stuff, the stuff that’s in that picture, has 5 grams of fiber in only three chocolate squares. That’s much better than eating a bowl of most cereals. That’s much better than any bread you’ll find in your local supermarket.
Yup, real chocolate. The good stuff.
Other health benefits
I always take these studies with a grain of salt since you can have studies that will prove pretty much everything. And every year, they release studies that contradict last year’s studies.
However, I’ll post some results anyways and let you decide what to believe and what not to believe. I know my audience is smart. I intentionally write for smart people and I know I alienate stupid people. That’s all intentional. I write for a very specific audience.
Anyways, studies have shown that chocolate helps math, reduces cancer, reduces diabetes, is good for blood circulation, and is even good for your skin. Keep in mind, we’re talking about real chocolate, not the fake shit you find in cheap ass candies. My wife and I buy the high end stuff made with only a few ingredients, as I mentioned earlier. You probably should do the same.
So, enjoy some chocolate. And if someone says that it’s bad for you, show them this article. I put up numbers straight from the USDA.