What is the Best Chocolate?

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As a dietitian I am often asked, “What is the best chocolate to eat?”  I believe the goal in asking this question is to find out which type has the most antioxidants or might be lowest in sugar …. essentially it’s a nutrition question.  But I wonder, is picking the most nutrient-dense chocolate, regardless of whether or not you like it, going to be the dietary change that fights cancer or does the trick with lowering our blood sugar?  I’m thinking, no.  Why worry about minutiae such as this?

When selecting foods for antioxidants, vitamins, minerals, low levels of added sugars or funky fats, in a nut shell, less processed is clearly better and the more plants we eat the better.  Those kind of dietary patterns will help me get the nutrients I need.  Tweaking my chocolate choice will likely be insignificant; so I will eat what tastes best and not make nutrition my primary concern in selecting such a food.

Are you often craving chocolate?  If so, think about incorporating chocolate into foods versus eating it solo.  It may feel more satisfying.  Here are a few examples:

  • add chocolate chips to trail mix of high-fiber dry cereal, nuts, and seeds
  • drizzle chocolate sauce over sliced banana, pineapple or strawberries
  • add cocoa powder to smoothies
  • shave chocolate over  yogurt
  • mix chocolate covered almonds with and plain almonds and raisins
  • make a Green Mountain Truffle with chocolate chips instead of raisins

What is your favorite type of chocolate? 

6 Responses (Add Yours)

  • I tried a fair-trade, organic chocolate bar with almonds. It was divine. I held it in my hand, inhaled the sweet/bitter smell, and savored it bite by bite! Delicious!

  • Meghan Abell says:

    Robyn,
    These are fantastic ideas for a chocolate fix! Am going to try all of them! Thanks. :-)
    -Meghan Abell

  • I love the idea of incorporating chocolate into foods instead of eating it alone. I even find that choosing foods that have just a hint of chocolate, like the Kellogg’s FiberPlus bars, can often help me satisfy my sweet tooth without overdoing it.

  • Robyn says:

    Thanks for the feedback everyone. I now want an organic fair-trade dark chocolate bar with almonds….sounds amazing. Meghan, glad you like the ideas, I’m really partial to any peanut butter & chocolate combo, so I love a chocolate-banana-peanut smoothie (with tofu); it’s so good.

  • Kim says:

    I can’t believe I never thought of chocolate chips in the GM truffle. What a great idea!!! It makes an already awesome snack that much better.

    I love the dark chocolate at Trader Joe’s that has the hint of intense orange, mint or chili pepper. Sounds odd, but the heat in the pepper just makes the chocolate taste come alive.

  • Susan Bewley says:

    I love this article! I think when people are losing weight they get so stuck on what they need to give up, and not on what they need to modify. One of my most favorite snacks is getting a serving of small dark chocolate chips and mixing it with a variety of nuts and seeds. it goes a long way and gets rid of that chocolate craving WITHOUT taking in too many calories :)

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