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Chocolate Healthy or Not?
Stop the press, hold the phone, and forget about that diet!
Scientists have now proven, DARK chocolate (my very favorite) is now healthy
and good to eat on a daily basis. If you are one who CRAVES chocolate, are a
pre-menopausal or post menopausal woman, are a child, work in a chocolate
factory, etc., this is the greatest thing to be discovered since sliced bread.
To you non-believers, this proves “There is a GOD!” Amen…
These brilliant men and women have opened the floodgates
to candy counters and bakeries worldwide. Now housewives
can start making those delicious cakes she use to
before Vegans (veggie and soy only eaters) said it
was taboo to eat foods tasting like anything other
than straw. I'm excited! I'm elated!
I'm throwing my hat in the air. We can now have 50
grams of DARK chocolate per day to improve our health.
Two ounces of dark chocolate, (70% chocolate solid) has now been proven to improve
heart disease, and blood pressure, plus, adds much needed nutrients to the body such
as: iron, calcium, potassium, and several essential daily vitamins. A 1&1/2 square
of this fabulous chocolate has as many cancer anti-toxins as a glass of red wine.
(To you Vegans who need to wash down that dry meal with a glass of bubbly,
you’re off the hook, and may not become a wino after all.) Have a piece of
chocolate cake instead.
50% of all food cravings are chocolate. Some folks even claim they are chocolate
addicts,like me, who gets the shakes without a good ‘healthy’ portion
every day.) But remember, one needs to curb the other calories of the day if you
happen to go on a chocolate binge or you may have to join the circus as the main
attraction, “Fat man or lady.”
No matter what rich concoction you may find it in, taste is the main draw
to the delights of chocolate. Cravings play a big part in wanting only
chocolate to satisfy, but a pleasurable chemical reaction in those cute
little endorphins in the brain also have been proven to be part of our
love of chocolate. This is one area we Americans lag behind in consumption
though. Folks in Switzerland consume 22 pounds of chocolate per year, the
Swedish 17 pounds, and we consume approximately 15 pounds on average, per
person, per year.
Caffeine worries, no way! One serving of
dark chocolate contains less caffeine than
a cup of DECAFFEINATED coffee. Any energy
burst you may get from chocolate is most
likely from the sugars added, not the chocolate
itself. Only old-fashioned Hershey’s
cocoa is the healthy drink to choose when
preparing hot chocolate vs. coffee. So
when you need a change from your morning
decaffeinated, reach for the deep
rich flavor of chocolate. Or skip liquids
altogether and have a big piece of chocolate
cake to start your day, (a much better
idea in my book).
A word of CAUTION: This information applies only to DARK chocolate when
beating the drum for health benefits.
Now that my cravings have been peeked,
I can’t help but pass along a
fool-proof, wonderfully rich, homemade,
dark chocolate cake you can serve within
an hour of starting the recipe: My husband’s
WHACKY CAKE RECIPE
Chocolate cake, healthy or not, written by Tamara Hillman.
Read about the universal love-affair with chocolate by Samuel Brown
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I would really like to make this chocolate cake, but could I substitute some whole grain flour?
Should I use whole wheat pastry flour, traditional whole wheat, or white whole
wheat, or a combo? Thanks!
Answer, I would substitute white whole wheat for the all
purpose white flour, keeping in mind that you may have to add an extra tablespoon or two
of liquid as whole wheat absorbs more than regular all purpose white flour.