Should you eat it? Easter candy
Yes you should! Especially if it’s dark chocolate. Let’s face it, Easter candy comes in many different forms: Marshmallow Peeps, jelly beans, dark chocolate bunnies, milk chocolate bunnies, white chocolate bunnies, peanut butter-filled eggs, and the infamous Cadbury Creme Egg. By the way, does anyone really know what the “yolk” is made out of?
Check out the nutrition facts for one Cadbury Creme egg:
Calories: 150; Fat: 5 grams (30% fat…not bad!); Saturated fat: 3 grams (60% of the fat is saturated…not so good); Cholesterol: 5 mg; Sodium: 20 mg; Carbohydrates: 25 grams; Fiber: 0 grams; Sugar: 22 grams (that equals 5 teaspoons of sugar!)
The truth is, all but one of the above Easter treats will leave you wanting more sugar after you eat it: Dark chocolate. It is very intense and rich in flavor, so you need a lot less to satisfy your sweet tooth! Dark chocolate is high in antioxidants (called flavanoids), which means it has the power to “mop up” free radicals in your body. Free radicals cause oxidative stress and damage in your body and are thought to be blamed, in part, for cancer, heart disease, Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease. You can eliminate free radicals, but not completely by yourself. Foods rich in antioxidants (like dark chocolate) can help you!
How to choose dark chocolate:
When selecting dark chocolate, look at the label for the percent cacao. The higher the percentage, the richer and more intense the flavor and the higher the flavanoid content. Here are some good picks:
- Hershey’s Extra Dark (60% cacao)
- Lindt Chocolate (50%, 70%, 85%, 90% cacao chocolate bars)
- Ghirardelli Intense Dark Twilight Delight (72% cacao)
Dark chocolate is still high in saturated fat and sugar (For example, in Ghirardelli Intense Dark: 59% of the fat is saturated and 1 serving equals 2.5 teaspoons of sugar), but you are getting a healthy dose of antioxidants to protect your body. If you are going to indulge in an Easter treat, you might as well do your body a little good along the way!