Amy Shapiro MS, RD, CDN, explores the the connection between dark chocolate and fertility and shares good news for those of us who enjoy chocolate.
I love chocolate so much that I have been known to eat it before breakfast (with my coffee!). But, there are so many other great things about chocolate besides its flavor. It’s high in antioxidants, high in fiber, contains fat to keep you full, improves mood and if you eat dark chocolate, it's low in sugar levels, too, more so than white chocolate or milk chocolate. Sounds pretty good, right? But, have you ever wondered if chocolate is okay to eat when trying to conceive or when it comes to the fertility diet?
Good news, yes it is (insert cheers and clapping here)! However, (buzz kill alert) it’s important to remember that not all chocolate is created equal and moderation is key. When deciding what chocolate to buy, I recommend 70% cacao beans or higher dark chocolate to satisfy your cravings. From chocolate bars to cacao powder to cacao nibs, raw cacao beans, cocoa powder, the options are endless and allow you to get creative and mix it up. Enjoy a chocolate square, make hot cocoa or sprinkle it on top of your smoothie for some powerful micronutrients and antioxidants. Chocolate does a body good, and the benefits of dark chocolate are great too.
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