The Bittersweet Truth About Chocolate

Earlier this month, the Ryerson Eats team held a Wholesome Indulgence event.  We showcased delicious desserts that contained some health benefits.  Chocolate is a popular gift for this time of year.  Yet not all chocolates are created equally, which means their health benefits differ.  The key factors are the type and amount of chocolate consumed.

Chocolate contains flavonoids, which are a class of antioxidants that can lower blood pressure and also protect your body from damage that can lead to diseases such as heart disease and diabetes.  Therefore, it is possible for the flavonoids to lower your risk of these diseases.

Chocolate can also enhance our mood by increasing neurotransmitters that make us feel good.

Flavonoid Levels

  • Dark chocolate and cocoa powder have the highest levels of flavonoids.  These offer the greatest benefits.
  • Milk chocolate and white chocolate are more processed and contain less flavonoids.  This results in fewer benefits.


  • Chocolate still contains saturated fat that increases cholesterol.  It is also high in fat, sugar and calories, which can contribute to weight gain.
  • It is best to enjoy a small piece, occasionally.

To help you be more health smart this Valentine’s Day, check out the following Chocolate Quinoa Cupcakes that were sampled at the Wholesome Indulgence event.

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Nutritiously yours,


Ryerson Eats Ambassador

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