edit: also what is the best type of dark chocolate you can have?
well, it sort of depends on how much you can fit in your calorie allotments for the day. i bought a bag of the special dark hershey kisses and have one or two some days (about 25-50 cals). this also helps to curb some of the sweets cravings, and i've somehow managed to avoid going crazy with them. chocolate is good for you in small portions, as you probably know, and i think you can get some of the benefits with just a little bit per day. you might google 'superfoods' and 'chocolate' - it think that it is one (sorry i don't have any research or links available for you). you might find some more "pure" chocolate, depending on how bitter you can handle - i use the kisses b/c they're easier to portion out. i find if there's a bar in front of me i'll just eat it.
I eat little bits of dark chocolate (1 square or so) every day. It makes me happy. I eat it really slowly, letting it melt in my mouth so I can really taste it.
In my opinion, the best chocolate brand that's readily available in the US is Scharrfen Berger. They make some very high cocoa percentage chocolate that really satisfy me. The flavors are really complex, much more than mass produced chocolates. Sometimes I also get cocoa nibs, little bits of cocoa bean, that don't have any sugar.
i love chocolate.
godiva extra dark does it for me anyday :)
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