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    I understand that dark chocolate is better than other chocolates and such... but does that mean it's "healthy."

    Today at work several of my co-workers are on a fix that chocolate in general is healthy. I was open to agree that dark chocolate was the best to choose from, but they were very adamant that CHOCOLATE is HEALTHY!

    Of course... this whole conversation started when someone brought a bag of chocolates in and everyone (myself excluded) dove in...

    I just have trouble picking up a Hersey bar (even if it IS dark chocolate) and saying, "Oh yeah! I'm eating healthy!"
    March 1st 2010: 308lbs | CW: 219lbs / 18.5%BF | New Goal: 16% BF
    Male. 28. 6'4''. Currently working on them muscles and strength!

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  • #2
    I would consider chocolate an indulgence and NOT health food. Sure there are well publicized benefits from cocoa powder (antioxidants) but "chocolate" should be a treat.....but I have found that folks often latch on to the latest nutrition headlines and run with it to rationalize their behaviors....

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    • #3
      I've always loved the stuff but I think the study showing it was good for your wellbeing was done by Cadbury or Nestle. Yeah, of course they're going to find that your stress levels are reduced after eating half a bar.

      Antioxidants are such a furphy - plenty of them in other things.

      Cadbury Dairy Milk, one of the most popular chocolates in Australia:
      Ingredients: Full Cream Milk, Sugar, Cocoa Mass, Cocoa Butter, Milk Solids, Vegetable Fat, Emulsifiers (Soya Lecithin, 476), Flavours. May contain traces of Nuts. Milk Chocolate contains Cocoa Solids 26%, Milk Solids 28%

      Milk - hmm, maybe; sugar, hell no; cocoa mass/butter, ok, milk solids - wtf?? - vegetable fat: no. Emulsifiers: no. Flavours: probably not.

      Mind you from what you've said about co-workers in the past, it's possibly healthier than most of their other choices....

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      • #4
        Hahaha. I wasn't even gonna bring up the XXL Marshmellows sitting on the top of the filing cabinets...

        But this is total clarity...

        That is why I love this website. Having been around 8 or 9 people all going on about the benefits of chocolate you can't help but wonder who is correct... the 9.... or the 1? Coming here helps clear my head.
        March 1st 2010: 308lbs | CW: 219lbs / 18.5%BF | New Goal: 16% BF
        Male. 28. 6'4''. Currently working on them muscles and strength!

        "My chest hair caught fire when I was fighting a bear with a flamethrower, how do I get my hair back? - Rivvin

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        • #5
          There is a big difference betwixt a Hershey's "dark chocolate" and a Lindt 85% for example. Plus there are other better chocolates out there without soy and other nasties. Plus, I'd say it's an acceptable cheat treat once in a while (the better true dark chocolates....).

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          • #6
            Originally posted by Acmebike View Post
            There is a big difference betwixt a Hershey's "dark chocolate" and a Lindt 85% for example. Plus there are other better chocolates out there without soy and other nasties. Plus, I'd say it's an acceptable cheat treat once in a while (the better true dark chocolates....).
            Yeah a treat is a treat... but i often see people qualifying something as health food because it makes them feel good, like McDonald's McNuggets are really good for you because they are made with all white meat!
            March 1st 2010: 308lbs | CW: 219lbs / 18.5%BF | New Goal: 16% BF
            Male. 28. 6'4''. Currently working on them muscles and strength!

            "My chest hair caught fire when I was fighting a bear with a flamethrower, how do I get my hair back? - Rivvin

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            • #7
              Indeed, people do run with the most minor health claim to indulge! I've been in an office recently where the staff has a big bowl of "dark" Hershey's Kisses, I doubt there's any healthy properties in sluggin' back a handful plus of those a day! I'd say the tiniest bit of wine, or a little nip of true dark chocolate might have some small benefit, but by no means could either ever be considered nutritional necessities.

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              • #8
                I don't think it's even healthy, just maybe neutral (the dark kind). I would eat it as a treat but I wouldn't fool myself by thinking it is in any way healthy. And isn't cocoa a seed? Seeds by default aren't meant to be eatable and contain a bunch of pesky antinutrients.
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                • #9
                  Originally posted by rphlslv View Post
                  I don't think it's even healthy, just maybe neutral (the dark kind). I would eat it as a treat but I wouldn't fool myself by thinking it is in any way healthy. And isn't cocoa a seed? Seeds by default aren't meant to be eatable and contain a bunch of pesky antinutrients.
                  Same here! I mean, there are foods I eat maybe once a month (like a big slice of lasagna) but I never call it healthy. I call it tasty. A treat. Never do I pretend it's healthy!
                  March 1st 2010: 308lbs | CW: 219lbs / 18.5%BF | New Goal: 16% BF
                  Male. 28. 6'4''. Currently working on them muscles and strength!

                  "My chest hair caught fire when I was fighting a bear with a flamethrower, how do I get my hair back? - Rivvin

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                  • #10
                    Companies that thrive on their milk chocolate, like Hershey's, they produce ghetto dark chocolate.
                    I grok, therefore I am.

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by Lovestoclimb View Post
                      Companies that thrive on their milk chocolate, like Hershey's, they produce ghetto dark chocolate.
                      And it tastes gross. I love good dark chocolate, the lindt stuff is nice (no weird ing, no soy), the Green and Blacks, etc.

                      Hershey`s dark chocolate has so much crap in it and it tastes off to me. Even as a child I didn`t like hersheys or cadburys. They taste funny. (I`m a spoiled brat I know!)
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                      • #12
                        85% G & B is soooo good (haven't tried any of their others). Too bad Dagoba has soy in it.

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                        • #13
                          The Lindt excellence has a fruity undertone that I really like. Maybe it`s the bourbon?

                          I too believe chocolate is a treat not a health food. But oh what a treat...
                          The more I see the less I know for sure.
                          -John Lennon

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                          • #14
                            If chocolate is a health food then so is dirt, dirt has lots of little microbes, and is pro-biotic, along with trace minerals. Eating it will help build your resistance to dirt based bacteria, as well as supply digestive bacteria. You ate it as a child and didn't die did you? You should sprinkle a little on top of that Hershey bar just in case your deficient in Iron or clay....

                            He he he he he........

                            Next time see how that works on the healthy chocolate eaters.

                            Oh well I did mix some Dark chocolate with coconut milk earlier, waiting on it to thicken up a bit in the freezer before I grab a spoon or two
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                            • #15
                              The way I see it is this: there's certain foods that we are biologically adapted to thrive on (lots of meat and veggies, some fruit, eggs, seeds, and nuts).

                              Then there's certain foods that are the product of our modern society to engage our innate short-term desires when it comes to taste and texture, but are incredibly detrimental to our long-term health (see: fast food, in all its shapes and forms).

                              But there's a third category. Foods that, although products of the agricultural revolution, have been a mainstay, if even just in small amounts, in certain cultures for long enough to be proven to not be complete poison (as I imagine sugars and other highly refined carbs to be defined in a hundred years or so).

                              Chocolate definitely falls into this third category. Even the darkest of the darks are loaded with sugar. But you know what? No one has yet convinced me that the equivalent of a dark chocolate bar every week or so is going to do more damage than the sheer pleasure I get from eating that much. This is why I really think that Mark's concept of "sensible vices" is so spot on. The purpose of being healthy is to enjoy life as much as possible, and I don't think a little bit of dark chocolate is going to ruin it for you.

                              But please, stay away from the Hershey's.
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