Is what I googled last night at 2am after I downed the better part of a bag of chocolate candies when I couldn’t sleep. I thought a little bit of healthy, dark chocolate would be okay, especially because I had gone for a run earlier that day. But a little bit turned out to be a whole family sized bag. I had also just read an article about the evils of sugar and carbs earlier that day, so the guilt factor about how much I had indulged was higher than usual.
To remedy my guilty feelings, I ate more…and then a little more (because I felt guilty about eating more…so I ate even more). Each time I ate more, my feelings of guilt were suspended as the chocolaty chocolate goodness flooded my brain. But, as soon as it was gone…BAM!!! Back to the land of the sneaky night-time chocolate over-eating. At that point, I had to rationalize my guilt away somehow…
I keep hearing that dark chocolate has tons of antioxidants, and antioxidants help slow the aging process, so I decided to scope the internet hoping to find evidence that would support my theory that OVER-eating dark chocolate might reverse aging. If that’s the case, there’s really no need for me to feel guilty, or worry about having to bust out my fat-lady pants. I could simply go to sleep knowing I would wake up the next morning with the soft supple face of a five year old.
But, I found no such evidence. Instead, I found this —-> More research is needed.
In the meantime, if you want to add chocolate to your diet, do so in moderation (oops). Why? Most commercial chocolate has ingredients that add fat, sugar and calories. And too much can contribute to weight gain, a risk factor for high blood pressure, heart disease and diabetes. (oops x 2)
Choose dark chocolate with cocoa content of 65 percent or higher. Limit yourself to around 3 ounces (85 grams) a day (Ummm…oops, again), which is the amount some studies have shown to be helpful. Because this amount may provide up to 450 calories, you may want to cut calories in other areas or step up the exercise to compensate.
Okay, so I’d best go run…after I pry myself out of this sugar coma…
Please enjoy these links that do highlight the health benefits of chocolate!