The 11 Best Reasons to Eat More Dark Chocolate~ we’re not talking about a candy bar from the check out lane, we’re talking serious chocolate with a cacao content of 70% or more…it’s deep, rich, delicious, and it’s incredibly good for you.

Whether you call it dark, semi sweet, or bittersweet, dark chocolate has a higher cocoa butter content, and less milk than regular chocolate.  The higher the percentage of cocao (or coco solids) in a chocolate, the healthier it is, and there are lots of great reasons to incorporate it into your diet starting TODAY~

Heart healthy Dark Chocolate Detox Bites ~ an antioxidant rich dessert that also tastes great!DARK CHOCOLATE DETOX BITES

Dark chocolate is a powerful anti-oxidant ~ it reduces the effect of free-radicals in the body that can lead to heart disease and other problems.

Death By Chocolate Zucchini Cake --- a decadently rich chocolate zucchini cake topped with a thick layer of bittersweet ganache --- what a way to go! ~ theviewfromgreatisland.comDEATH BY CHOCOLATE ZUCCHINI CAKE

Dark chocolate helps to lower blood pressure.  The active compounds (flavanols) in dark chocolate help your arteries to relax and allow the blood to flow easier.

Copycat Trader Joe's Gone Bananas! 4Frozen Dark Chocolate Banana Bites

Dark chocolate can increase the blood flow to the brain and gives your brain a temporary boost.  Reach for dark chocolate next time you have a deadline to meet or a test to take.

Cashew Tiger Butter is a luscious swirled chocolate bark that everyone loves! ~ theviewfromgreatisland.comCASHEW TIGER BUTTER

The Polyphenols in dark chocolate can raise your good cholesterol (HDL) and lower your bad cholesterol (LDL).

Dark Chocolate Pot de Creme, made right in the blender!Dark Chocolate Pot de Creme

The flavanols in dark chocolate can actually help protect your skin from sun damage!  For real!

A classic deep dark Chocolate Pound Cake frosted with chocolate ganacheDark Chocolate Pound Cake

Dark chocolate contains less sugar than regular chocolate…the darker the chocolate, the less the sugar.

Warm Chocolate Pudding topped with Chili Spiced Walnuts ~ theviewfromgreatisland.comWarm Chocolate Pudding with Chili Spiced Walnuts

A square or two of dark chocolate after dinner can satisfy your sweet tooth without stimulating your binge eating reflex.  Dark chocolate actually helps to curb our cravings.

Making Dark Chocolate Hazelnut Fudge ~ theviewfromgreatisland.comDark Chocolate Hazelnut Fudge

Dark chocolate contains a substance called theobromine, which can actually help to harden tooth enamel. So dark chocolate can actually lower your risk of getting cavities ~ who knew??

Delicious and healthy French Press Breakfast ChocolateFrench Press Breakfast Chocolate

Dark chocolate is full of healthy essential minerals like potassium, copper, magnesium, and iron.

A gorgeous Vegan Breakfast Bowl | theviewfromgreatisland.comVegan Breakfast Bowls with Raw Dark Chocolate

Dark chocolate can improve your mood!  It stimulates the endorphins in our brain, which are responsible for the feeling of pleasure, and it contains serotonin, which is a powerful anti-depressant.

Homemade Ferrero Rocher Truffles are a copy cat version of the decadent chocolate hazelnut truffles ~ theviewfromgreatisland.comHomemade Ferrero Rocher Truffles

But the most popular reason of all to love dark chocolate is that it tastes so darned good.  Nothing else comes close to its unique flavor and sensuous mouth feel.

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9 Responses to The 11 Best Reasons to Eat More Dark Chocolate

  1. Oh my word! You convinced me, as if I needed convincing :)

  2. You never need to convince me to eat more chocolate :)

  3. Ellen says:

    Thank-you for this spectacular post! The chocolate pound cake is first in line to be tried. I am sharing this with my youngest daughter- the pastry chef and chocolatier( I’m never sure of the spelling of her profession). She works in the candy making business and will love these recipes. I grew up on dark chocolate, my Gram loved bitter chocolate and it was always available at her house. I always follow your posts and seldom comment, but this was impossible to let pass without a little gratitude for the recipes and intriguing facts!

  4. What a fantastic post Sue! I love all these reasons to eat more chocolate. So many wonderful recipes too – great job!!!

  5. Mary says:

    I don’t need much of an excuse to indulge – but thank you all the same for this – you’ve made it almost an alchemy!

  6. manu says:

    All these recipes look delicious.
    Thanks for sharing.
    Love

  7. Liz says:

    LOL, thanks for giving me rational reasons for continuing this love affair!!!

  8. Great collection! (Though you know I need no encouragement in this department ;)

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