Heal Your Soul with Dark Chocolates

Did you know that dark chocolate is a popular treat that may benefit health in several ways? Let’s dig into the benefits of dark chocolate.

Eating dark chocolate widens arteries and promotes healthy blood flow that can prevent the buildup of plaque that can block arteries. Daily consumption reduces the risk of heart disease by 1/3 because it is high in antioxidants and anti-inflammatory compounds and may help support the health of the heart and gut. Plus, it is a good source of essential nutrients, such as magnesium, iron, and zinc.

One of the main reasons why people gravitate toward dark chocolate is the low sugar content, making it a better option for people with diabetes. However, it has a good amount of added sugar, fat, and calories. Just like any other food, it is advisable to consume it in moderation and because it has less sugar, it is a better option than milk chocolate.

So, always pick one with 70% or higher cocoa levels to get the most benefits, just like the chocolate products of the Cacao Growers and Marketing Cooperative, one of our fellow Pangasinenses’ products which you can find in the Banáan Museum Shop.

Here are some tips to make dark chocolate more enjoyable to eat:

  1. Make your own trail mix using dark chocolate, unsweetened dried fruit, and nuts.
  2. Add bits of dark chocolate to enhance the flavor of your muffins and granola bars.
  3. Snack on a piece of dark chocolate smeared with natural peanut butter.
  4. Dip fresh fruit into melted dark chocolate for a nutritious dessert.

Visit the Banáan Pangasinan Provincial Museum and learn and experience the history of Pangasinan.


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