Mmmmm…Chocolate

| January 7, 2014
Vilma Brunhuber, Holistic Integrative Nutrition and Health Coach

Vilma Brunhuber, Holistic Integrative Nutrition and Health Coach

In health news. Chocolate is the only ingredient that is its very own food group. Well not really—but it seems as if it should be.

Powerfully comforting, creamy, delicious—many people eat chocolate at least several times a week. Which begs the question…

Is Chocolate Good for You? The answer is both yes and no.

Chocolate has been used for centuries to treat bronchitis, sexual malaise, fatigue, hangovers, anemia, depression, memory loss, high blood pressure, poor eyesight, and more.

It also helps release that feel-good neurotransmitter—serotonin—in the brain.

Estrogen dominance (too much estrogen) causes a Magnesium Deficiency, Vitamin B deficiency, and elevated copper levels.

One of the foods with the highest magnesium is chocolate. Women with PMS, endometriosis, ovarian cysts, breast cysts, fibrocystic breast disease, fibroids, myomas, and restless leg syndrome usually have a chocolate craving just before their period.

A chocolate craving means you have a magnesium deficiency since chocolate has one of the highest levels of magnesium as a food. Since the chocolate craving occurs just before the period, this means the chocolate craving is related to your hormones.

Photo courtesy www.healthyblackwoman.com

Photo courtesy www.healthyblackwoman.com

So how to get the most out of your chocolate fix?

–        Don’t be afraid of the dark. The darker the chocolate, the more beneficial cacao it contains.

–        Know your percentages: the number on dark chocolate packaging refers to the percentage of cacao bean in chocolate. For maximum health benefit, look for dark chocolate that has 75% to 85% cacao.

Go raw—or as unprocessed as possible.

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