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The One Food A Healthy Diet Should Include (It’s Not What You Think!)

Written on July 22, 2011 at 12:34 pm , by

Doctor's orders! Give your sweet tooth a treat. (Photo courtesy of Westgate Communications, Inc.)

With the recent heat wave that’s spreading across the country, we’ve been turning to all things cool when it comes to food (fruit, please!). But when we chatted with nutrition expert Jonny Bowden, Ph.D., CNS, he told us about the one food we should be grabbing off the shelves this summer…chocolate! You don’t have to tell us twice.

Chocolate is that good for you? Really?

Oh, yes. Chocolate should be an almost daily addition to your diet. It lowers blood pressure, your risk of heart disease and it’s just an amazingly healthy food.

So are you saying I should go grab the next Hershey bar I see?

No! Milk chocolate has none of the things that we’re looking for; neither does white chocolate or those beloved Hershey bars.

What type of chocolate is a smart choice then?

Dark chocolate that has a cacao content of at least 60 percent. You’ll have to pay attention to your taste buds though: the higher the cacao content, the more bitter the chocolate tastes. When it gets up to 80 percent, it’s a little bit tough to take. But if you get some that’s right between 60 and 70 percent, you’re buying something that’s loaded with good stuff. Plus it tastes really good.

How much of it should we eat?

You don’t need that much, actually—only about two squares a day.

To find out why chocolate is one of Dr. Bowden’s diet must-haves and for a delicious recipe, Read more