Healthy Food Database

Chocolate - Dark
Chocolate comes from the cocoa tree whose scientific name, "Theobroma", translated means: 'The food of the Gods' - and who can argue with them. Like the gods, chocolate has power and can cause a range of effects and desires within the body.
Chocolate contains phenylethamine, "the molecule of love", a chemical naturally released by the brain during times of emotional arousal. It is also believed to release the brain chemicals serotonin and endorphins which give us a wonderful natural high. Dark chocolate has a higher proportion of cocoa solids than milk chocolate and retains more of the nutritional value of cocoa. It also contains more caffeine.
Category: Sweetener
In Season: all year
To Buy:
If you're going to indulge, buy a great quality chocolate from a chocolatier. Organic chocolate is also available and quite delicious.
To Store:
Wrap well in foil and store in a cool place. Chocolate should be kept in the fridge on hot days as the heat will cause the cocoa butter to rise to the surface creating a greyish bloom and altering the texture.
Tips & Tricks:
If the chocolate has been stored in the fridge allow it to adjust to room temperature before breaking it into pieces - it will shatter otherwise. One serve is 20 grams - only a few squares, so savour it!
Cooking Tips:
To melt chocolate, first use a good quality couverture chocolate and grate it or break it into small pieces. Bring a pan of water to boil then reduce the heat. Suspend a dry glass bowl over the pan and add the chocolate (no more than 500g at any one time). Cover the bowl and leave it for 5 minutes before stirring it until it's completely melted.

Nutrition per Per serve:

Weight (grams):
Carbohydrates, g:
Protein (g):
Saturated Fat, g :
Very High
Energy (kJ):
Low GI < 55:
Fat (g):
Monosaturated Fat , g:
Very low

Benefits the Following Health Conditions:*

High Blood Cholesterol
Premature Aging
High Blood Pressure
Low Libido
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* This information is sourced by a qualified naturopath. It is non prescriptive and not intended as a cure for the condition. Recommended intake is not provided. It is no substitute for the advice and treatment of a professional practitioner.

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