Making Healthy Choices Chocolate Guide
- Choose good quality. Cocoa solids or cocoa mass and cocoa butter should be among the first ingredients.
- Choose pure chocolate or with added nuts and dried fruit. Filled chocolate has added fat and sugar.
- If you are choosing chocolate for potential health benefits, choose dark chocolate. Flavonoids, phytonutrients in dark chocolate, have anti-inflammatory, anti-clotting, and antioxidant properties. Dark chocolate varies in cocoa content and generally the higher the better, so aim for 70% or more.
- Buy a small amount and enjoy in moderation.
In Metro Vancouver there are amazing chocolate artisans with incredible creations and selections. Here are some independent shops that might not be on your chocolate radar: