Chocolate and nuts are like wine and cheese. They are one of the perfect pairs that complement each other. Besides their exceptional mouthfeel and flavors, they also have healthful properties when eaten mindfully. Let us go over some of those benefits.
Antioxidants: Dark chocolate contains polyphenols such as flavonoids. Some studies suggest that flavonoids promote cardiovascular health by improving blood flow and lowering blood pressure.
Dietary fiber: Both nuts and chocolate are good sources of dietary fiber which would benefit your digestive health. (Remember to have an adequate fluid intake when increasing your dietary fiber intake.)
Healthy fat: Not all fats are the same. Replacing saturated fat with unsaturated fat reduces the risk of developing cardiovascular diseases. Nuts are a great source of unsaturated fat. (Remember any type of fat, even unsaturated fat, provide calories to your overall caloric intake. Eating small portion mindfully is always a key.)
While dark chocolate and nuts have appreciative properties, it still contributes calories in your diet.
Here are three mindful ways to enjoy the health benefit of chocolate.
Choose dark chocolate with a higher percentage of cocoa solids.
Keep the portion sizes small.
Avoid chocolate that is high in fat and with added sugar.
By eating mindfully, Pierre Marcolini’s Tablettes and Gourmandises may fit your lifestyle by providing the above health benefits. Find dark chocolate products at Pierre Marcolini Hawaii at the Ala Moana Shopping Center, Level 3, Ewa Wing.
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