Why chocolate good for you? 6 Health benefits to proof that chocolate is healthy for you…
1. High pressure mood improver
Eating chocolate can improve your mood.
2. Chocolate makes you eat less
One of Dave’s favourite effects of chocolate consumption is reduced appetite.
3. Maintenance of a healthy cardiovascular system
Regular chocolate consumption is also associated with improved markers for cardiovascular health. Notably, the polyphenols in cacao increase HDL cholesterol (the good kind) and decreased oxidized LDL cholesterol (the bad kind).
4. Chocolate helps make your skin glow… and may help reduce sunburn
Another cool thing chocolate does is help you maintain healthy skin by regulating healthy blood flow.
5. Chocolate is a PREBIOTIC!
While many studies assume that it is the cacao polyphenols acting directly to modulate biomarkers, it is most likely the case that at least some of the effect is indirect, and comes from the interaction with our gut microbiome.
6. Cellular rejuvenation (anti-aging)
Last, but certainly not least, cacao can enhance the creation of new mitochondria! Chocolate contains the flavanol epicatechin, which is responsible for mitogenesis. Treatment with epicatechin improved exercise performance by about 50 percent and enhanced muscle fatigue resistance by about 30 percent.
Bulletproof Chocolate Cupcakes
Author: Dave Asprey
- 6 tablespoons erythritol*
- 6 tablespoons xylitol
- 12 ounces dark chocolate (at least 85% cacao), chips or finely
- chopped bar
- 1 1⁄2 sticks (6 ounces) grass-fed unsalted butter, at room temperature
- Pinch of pink Himalayan salt
- 6 large pastured eggs, at room temperature, separated
- 2 teaspoons vanilla powder
- 1 teaspoon cocoa powder
- 1 tablespoon sweet rice flour**
Position racks in the upper and lower thirds of the oven and preheat to 350°F. Line 20 cups of 2 muffin tins with paper liners.
- Pulse the erythritol and xylitol in a blender until finely ground. Set aside.
- In a small saucepan, bring about 2 cups water to a simmer over medium-low heat. Place the chocolate and butter in a large heatproof bowl that can sit on top of the saucepan but not directly touching the water. Stir occasionally until the chocolate and butter are completely melted, about 10 minutes. Remove from the heat and set aside to cool slightly.
- In a stand mixer with the paddle attachment, beat together 6 tablespoons of the powdered erythritol/xylitol, salt, and egg yolks on medium-high speed until the mixture is thick and pale, about 3 minutes. Using a rubber spatula, gently fold the egg mixture into the melted chocolate and stir in the vanilla powder, cocoa powder, and sweet rice flour.
- In a separate bowl, with an electric mixer, beat the egg whites on medium speed until soft peaks form. Slowly beat in the remaining 6 tablespoons erythritol/xylitol, then increase the speed to medium-high and beat until medium peaks form.
- Gently fold the egg white mixture into the chocolate mixture, one-third at a time, until combined. Using a 1/4-cup ice cream scoop or cup measure, spoon the batter into the muffin cups. Bake until a toothpick inserted in the center of a cupcake comes out with a few moist crumbs, about 25 minutes. Let cool in the pan about 5 minutes before transferring to a cooling rack to cool completely.
Notes: If you use erythritol*, watch for its endothermic (strongly cooling) reaction with the proteins in the egg, which drops the temperature of the mixing bowl by about 20 degrees! If sweet rice flour** is not available, just omit it; don’t substitute regular rice flour, which will make the cupcakes taste gritty.
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