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Many Working Well Massage clients try to eat well and exercise. But they do love their chocolate!  Can you eat chocolate and still feel you are eating healthy? Can you satisfy your chocolate cravings and still keep your fat and sugar intake to a healthy amount?

To answer those questions, you first need to know a bit about chocolate.  According to Robert L. Wolke www.professorscience.com), professor emeritus of chemistry at the University of Pittsburgh and the author, most recently, of “What Einstein Told His Cook: Kitchen Science Explained”, “Milk chocolate contains so much milk and sugar that its percentage of true cacao may be as low as 10 percent, the minimum required by the FDA for calling it “chocolate” on the label. Hershey’s milk chocolate contains about 11 percent cacao. In contrast, a serious dark chocolate bar will contain anywhere from 65 percent to 85 percent cacao.”

“Good Morning America” contributor Dr. David Katz has been conducting a study at Yale University on the health effects of chocolate.

The Yale study, which is funded by Hershey, used ultrasound technology and sophisticated measurements to assess the effects of eating dark chocolate on 45 moderately overweight adults. The study also measured participants’ blood pressure before and two hours after eating two servings of dark chocolate. Sure enough, after consuming the dark chocolate, which is high in antioxidants, their blood pressure dropped. Dark chocolate also helps blood vessels dilate which allows blood to flow more freely.

But that does not mean everyone can consume as much dark chocolate as they want?

“Chocolate remains a concentrated source of calories and sugar and too much of those things will seriously offset any health benefit,” Katz said. “Milk chocolate doesn’t work because it’s high in saturated fatty acids that harm blood vessels and the overall health of your heart … So don’t go overboard, but switch to dark chocolate and you can really have your cake and eat it too.”

People should look for chocolate that has a cocoa content of 60 percent or higher, Katz said.

Katz said that “healthy” candy bars are example of “functional foods.” The manufacturers purposely added a healthy nutrient to the product. He said he expects more similar items in the future. read more from Dr. Katz about “healthy” chocolate bars here.

Health By Chocolate

Health By Chocolate is a new bar that makes health claims about it’s chocolate bars. According to their website,  Health by chocolate bars are low glycemic foods and contain only 2 teaspoons of sugar, and a 50 gram bar contains less than half the caffeine of a cup of coffee (15-40 mg versus 80-100mg). Created by Sally Malanga, founder of the natural beauty brand Ecco Bella, in her New Jersey townhouse in 2003, the bars have a proprietary blend of functional ingredients to address a specific need:

• Instant Bliss Beauty for healthy skin

Bliss bar

• Beautiful Bones for strong, healthy bones

Bones bar

• Women’s Wonder bar to combat the effects of PMS and menopause

Woman's Wonder Bar

What’s So Healthy About Health By Chocolate Bars?

• Each of Beautiful Bones serving (2 squares 16.66gr.) contains 400 mg calcium (38% RDA), 22 mcg vitamin K blend with K2 (from natto, a fermented soybean- no official RDA but suggested RDA is 45mcg), 150iu vitamin D2 (from yeast), 150 iu vitamin D3 (from lanolin- 15% of RDA), 750 mg fructooligosaccharide fiber (from sugar cane fiber- 2% of RDA).

• Calcium in the Beautiful Bones Bar is produced from seaweed with its trace minerals intact, such as magnesium, iodine, boron, and selenium. The seaweed is harvested from the seabed off the west coast of Ireland from mineral rich Atlantic waters.

• Woman’s Wonder Bars includes a traditional herb, Chaste Tree Berry, which is considered safe and effective for relieving symptoms of both PMS and menopause. According to the German Commission E monograph, the ripened berry of the Chaste Tree was clinically proven to relieve PMS symptoms and reduce menopausal symptoms. Research shows that recommended dosages vary from 40 mg day to 400 mg day without side effects, except for a slight skin itching. It is not recommended for pregnant women.

• Whole soybean powder contains the isoflavones genistein and daidzein. According to the HealthByChocolate website, some studies show that isoflavones have the ability to mimic human estrogen, helping to reduce insomnia, loss of libido, night sweats and hot flashes. Isoflavones also have a positive effect on bone, breast and heart health.

• Cranberry Seed Oil has a blend of omega 3/6/9 essential fatty acids that are beneficial to skin, heart, brain and overall cellular health. Omega 3 essential fatty acids help relieve inflammation, a major factor in PMS cramping and headaches.

• FOS (fructooligosaccharide) is the fibrous part of sugar cane. FOS feeds the good bacteria in the digestive tract. When digestion is optimized, hormone levels are more balanced and calcium absorption increases by 50%!

Where Can You Buy Healthy By Chocolate Bars?

Whole Foods Market and a host of other retailers here.

Or Make Your Own Chocolate Bars!

By Xxheather2124 From Grouprecipies.com From Grouprecipies.com
Very Healthy Chocolate Bars Recipe

  • 12 tablespoons raw cacao powder (crushed cacao beans or nibs)
  • 6 tablespoons agave nectar
  • 6 tablespoons coconut oil
  • 2 tablespoons coconut milk (optional)
  • 3 tablespoons shredded coconut
  • Directions

    1. Blend everything in a food processor until very smooth.
    2. Pour into your chosen mold (ice cube trays work well).
    3. Freeze for 20-30 minutes, and then enjoy!

    Note: Neither Working Well Massage nor Working Well Resources has any affiliation with Health by Chocolate. We just want our clients to know about options that may be healthier than standard high fructose corn sugar sweetened milk chocolate bars!

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