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Healthy Chocolate Pudding Recipe

Looking for a quick and easy dessert to whip up?

The Dr. Weil staff loves this True Food Kitchen Chocolate Pudding recipe because it is not only delicious, but also vegan friendly and gluten-free!

Packed with potent antioxidants from dark chocolate and cocoa, this dessert makes a great addition to a barbecue and is a healthy treat that kids will also enjoy. Try this recipe and let us know how you like it!

Treat Yourself to Chocolate!

Many treat chocolate as a guilty pleasure and a diversion from health eating. It doesn’t have to be! Go ahead and treat yourself and enjoy the benefits that some types can provide. Find out what is the healthiest chocolate choice!

By now we've all heard the good news about dark chocolate: the antioxidants - phenols and flavonoids - found in dark chocolate may offer protection against heart disease. In addition, cocoa butter - a saturated fat - may have a beneficial effect on cholesterol levels. A number of chemically active compounds in dark chocolate can improve mood and pleasure by boosting serotonin and endorphin levels in the brain. And consuming dark chocolate may slow the oxidation of LDL ("bad") cholesterol.

Milk chocolate, however, is not as heart-healthy as dark chocolate: it contains more fat and sugar and less cocoa and antioxidants. White chocolate, which contains no cocoa solids, is generally no more than a mix of fat, milk and sugar with a minimal amount of cocoa butter added. Enjoy either as an occasional, special treat.

Dark chocolate, on the other hand, can and should be eaten more often. Eat an ounce of dark chocolate with at least 70 percent-pure cocoa a few times a week. When you're indulging, savor the flavor and texture, and try to note the effects it has on your body. Most importantly, enjoy yourself!

 

Eating Chocolate May Keep You Slim and Sharpen Your Mind

Eating a moderate amount of chocolate is associated with lower body fat and less abdominal fatWe know that flavonols - the antioxidants in chocolate - have anti-inflammatory effects that can help prevent heart disease. Now Spanish researchers have discovered that eating a moderate amount of chocolate is associated with lower body fat and less abdominal fat, no matter how much (or little) you exercise and regardless of the rest of your diet. The investigators from the University of Granada looked at nearly 1,500 European adolescents (between ages 12 and 17) and found that the more chocolate they ate (without overindulging), the lower their body mass index and waist circumference. Meanwhile, a team of British and Australian researchers found that the more flavonols a cocoa drink contained, the faster their study subjects could perform on a timed mental test requiring them to count down by threes and sevens. The researchers described their findings as the first evidence of acute cognitive improvements following consumption of cocoa flavonols by healthy adults. Earlier studies have shown that consumption of flavonols can help relax blood vessels and increase blood flow in the brain.

Source:
Magdalena Cuenca-Garcia  “Association between chocolate consumption and fatness in European adolescents,” published online October 21, 2013

Crystal F. Haskell et al. “Consumption of cocoa flavanols results in acute improvements in mood and cognitive performance during sustained mental effort”, Journal of Psychopharmacology  doi: 10.1177/0269881109106923