How to pick the right chocolate
Here’s how to eat dark chocolate
- Look for dark chocolate with a label promoting it as 70 percent or more cocoa. Some experts think higher — 80 percent or more — is even better, as more cocoa usually means less sugar. “If you’ve ever had 85 percent dark chocolate, there’s a natural stopping point,” said Zumpano. “Most people would struggle to eat a whole bar.”
- Keep in mind that labels won’t tell you the concentration of flavonoids. The darker the chocolate, the more flavonoids it is likely to contain.
- Consider eating at least one square of dark chocolate (about one ounce) every other day. Some experts recommend one to two squares daily.
- Limit milk chocolate and white chocolate. “Think of white chocolate as white bread,” said Cathy Deimeke, a registered dietitian and health education manager at UC Davis Health.
- If you’re concerned about sustainability and labor practices in cacao harvesting and production, look for Fair Trade, Rainforest Alliance or UTZ certification on the label.
Don’t forget the joy of chocolate
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