Thursday, March 28, 2013
EASTER BUNNIESVirtuous or Vice?
Images courtesy of www.fashionising.com
So my question above about Easter bunnies was: are they virtuous or vices? Okay, I know I know it depends on the bunny I am referring to; well for the purpose of this post, despite the ‘fashion-easter’ photography above depicting the bunny ear trend that once graced the catwalks and glossies, I am referring to chocolate Easter bunnies. Yum!
I used to get quite a few of these, and Easter eggs, at this time of year when I was a kid and thought nothing of munching my way through the whole cavity-causing chocolate treat, but of course since qualifying as a Nutritionist, I tend to avoid too many of these treats and instead look out for indulgent foods that have some health attributes as well. Chocolate is one such food, that is often classified as a vice, but can actually be virtuous! Okay, let be more specific and elucidate further.
I don’t recommend just any type of chocolate; there is a particular type of chocolate that research has shown confers some health benefits: dark chocolate. Yes compared to milk chocolate, dark chocolate often has less sugar, less added fat and more cocoa solids – more cocoa means more flavonoids (antioxidants that protect our body’s cells from damage) and a higher nutritional value!
Cocoa powder is associated with decreased blood pressure and improved cholesterol levels and also contains some important nutrients/minerals. For this reason I suggest that if you are going to indulge in chocolate bunnies or eggs this Easter (or any chocolate anytime really) try to opt for dark chocolate with at least 70% cocoa so that you get some additional health benefits too. The Green & Blacks brand springs to mind!
A word of warning: one ounce of dark chocolate has approximtely 170 calories, nearly equivalent to a fatty, sugary Cadburys Crème Egg, so this isn't a licence to overindulge on dark chocolate, I’m merely suggesting that if you have to eat chocolate, try to opt for the healthier version!
What’s your favourite chocolate, at Easter or any other time?
HAPPY EASTER Y'ALL!
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