If you’re going to eat chocolate anyway, why not go the healthy route? Studies at the Mayo Clinic have shown that the cacao bean, and “raw chocolate,” which is formed by adding a few unobtrusive ingredients like sea salt, is packed with antioxidants, lowers blood pressure and helps with vascular function. Uncooked, chocolate also contains vitamin C and fiber in healthy quantities.
If those taste buds are accustomed to drugstore milk chocolates, they may be in for a refining education. Raw chocolate is stronger and darker, but equally delicious. Most of us are aware of the mood-enhancing benefits of eating chocolate as well. Kind of nice to know there’s a way to indulge that’s great for your body, isn’t it?
Eating healthfully doesn’t have to be bland. Starting to train taste buds to enjoy the abundant goodness right here in nature can be the first step toward moving away from the processed foods so commonly found in our diets. Don’t get overwhelmed; instead, have fun with it.
Margaret Crowe is a poet and mother of two from Charlotte, N.C. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org