Of course the health benefits don't come from the milk (suspected to be rancid in America's most popular chocolate) or sugar, which contributes to a long list of health problems. They come from cacao, which dark chocolate is primarily made from. It fact, the healthiest dark chocolate is mostly cacaow with usually sugar as a sweetener, no milk, and just a small amount of other ingredients -- these usually include vanilla, some sort of lecithin, and sometimes other ingredients to flavor it or enhance the health benefits with other nutrients.
While the health benefits of chocolate are fun to talk about, we'll focus here on the fact that sugar is a big, big problem in our diets -- something the food industry has tried misdirecting us from. But believe it or not, the average American consumes over 100 pounds of sugar per year, and despite its known impact on health, we wonder why we have so many health problems.
This is part of the reason why we're so pleased with Tru Chocolate, and why we brought it into our store. Tru Chocolate is organic and fair trade, each important for their own reasons. But also, it has no sugar. Instead, it is sweetened by a natural sugar alcohol called xylitol, which has been used and studied for years, and appears to have a number of health benefits, including support for healthier teeth. A small part of the population doesn't digest sugar alcohols well, but for others, this is a wonderful way to enjoy a sweet treat without the problems created by sugar.
Xylitol also has a very low glycemic load, making it diabetic friendly.
Tru Chocolate, however, isn't the only chocolate with a healthy sugar alternative. But the other part of its story makes it unique in our experience. It has a special blend of herbs and natural ingredients that somehow keep the flavor on your tongue for a while after you've eaten it. So when you drink water afterwards, the water actually tastes sweet!
In other words, it encourages you to drink more water, which -- within reason, of course -- is another added health benefit. So one individually wrapped piece (about 8 grams) actually goes a long way toward satisfying your sweet tooth without giving you too many calories. In my mind, a piece of Tru Chocolate and a glass of water is a fantastic dessert replacement and weight loss support.
UPDATE: The current formulation no longer has this effect on water. Sorry.
Because yes, in moderation, dark chocolate -- especially without sugar -- can be a weight loss aid because of its nutrients, including the fat. You don't want too much of the fat when trying to lose weight, but we do need healthy forms of fat when dieting. (Or even when not dieting. Fat is important, as long as it's a natural and healthy form.)
So what are you waiting for? If you love chocolate as we do, give Tru Chocolate a try. We think you'll like its unique experience, especially knowing that it's one of the healthiest chocolates (and desserts) you could possibly enjoy.