I've had a look to see if this question has been asked before and haven't seen it so apologies if I've missed it!
For those of you who are dark chocolate fans - How much of it do you eat per day?
At the moment, I'm eating about 4 squares of the Lindt 85% dark chocolate at approx 10.30am with a cup of tea each morning.
I'm now wondering if this is considered 'too much' to eat per day? How much is considered a healthy amount? Or should we even eat it every day?
I would love to know your thoughts!
Thanks all :)
I eat Lindt 90% every day, or the local grocery brand 85%. I can't find 100% here. I was a serious sugar addict and it is the one thing I still allow myself other than fruit that satisfies my sweet tooth. I eat 4-6 squares a day. I'm hoping to be able to wean myself down to 2 a day or so, but I seriously love this stuff. Moderation has always been a challenge for me.:)
It's a good source of magnesium and good for blood pressure, I've heard, and last spring my blood pressure was strangely high (168/100 or so). Since I've cut sugar and grains and started eating dark chocolate, it has stabilized into the normal range (120s / 80s). I also supplement magnesium.
I also live in Switzerland so I also feel virtuous in supporting the local economy.
I do several teaspoons of cocoa via coffee, or two large squares of 100% dark chocolate. I used to do 85% Lindt, but got used to the darker and darker stuff. The best bang for the buck from Lindt in that range is their 90% bars.
If you do go up to 99% you'll find that they're half the size by weight and about 2x the price, so you're paying 4x as much, BUT once you get hooked on the 90%+ stuff, go to the baking section of your super market and get the 100% baking versions of unsweetened dark chocolate from Ghirardelli, as they're almost exactly the same as the Lindt ones, but a lot more reasonable in cost.
Also for those of you looking at Lindt that aren't into dark chocolate, be very careful, some of their milk versions have barley in them!
I eat about 1/4 to 1/3 of a bar per day... several different kinds, but mostly Trader Joes 85% "Dark Chocolate Lover's Chocolate Bar". Not really because it's my favorite though. It's just that it's extremely available and only $1.50 per bar, which is a ridiculous price for 85% dark chocolate. The only bummer about it is that it does say "soy lecithin" in the ingredients. I know it can't be much but I usually avoid soy anything. However, I have read somewhere (I forget where) that a litlle soy lecithin actually is good for natural man lube... i.e. the clear "pre" stuff. Now I am gonna go look that up. Anyway, sorry to take this discussion of chocolate there.
Also, lately I have been eating some Lindt 85% and a little bit of 90%. They are both delicious, and the 85% is actually on sale right now on Amazon for $24.78 for a 12 pack with free shipping. That works out to be about $2 a bar, and there is no soy lecithin in theirs. I think I am gonna order the 12 pack.
aaaaaaand, my wifey brought home a little treat the other day and I admit, I indulged. This little dealio right here was delicious. It's only 70% dark, so it's got some extra sugar, but as a treat, I liked it quite well. Very smooth mint flavor. It was divine indeed.
Usually around a square of Lindt 85% after lunch and another square or two after dinner. This time of year I also usually have a cup of cocoa (Hershey's natural) with some almond milk before bed. I personally don't want to see, and would promptly ignore, any research that said this was too much.
Two squares of Lindt 90% Dark Chocolate ritualistically every day after lunch most days sometimes a little more, never less and sometimes it is the smoother Green & Black 85% dark, but always some dark chocolate. I wonder if I could skip a day? I doubt it. My local Kroger in Decatur GA carries both.
I love my chocolate. I can't give you a measurement on how much you should eat, but I've found that my body naturally seems to regulate this. I've learned to eat a square, stop and rest, and see how my belly feels. If I eat, say 4 squares at once, I generally get a tummy ache and then I'm done with it for a while. I also validate my chocolate consumption with the fact that I've given up so much already. I allow myself that luxery, but it's not a habit built into my every day life. It was at first. I would say that the first 3 months I ate chocolate religiously every day. Now I do it a couple times a week (or more when I'm PMSing!), whenever I feel that I need it :)
Yummy question! I vary my dark chocolate between 65-85% between Equal Exchange and Lindt. I consume about 1-3 squares a day - with the 65-71% dark on days with physical activity, and the 85% on other days.
It's not likely to be the biggest factor in your health so I wouldn't worry - personally though I'm sceptical of anything which I end up eating every day. I try and avoid that these days, but that's more a mental health thing.