It’s the question that plagues every person in possession of a sweet tooth.
Is chocolate actually good for you?
In an age of information, internet obsession and social media madness we all have a wealth of information at the edge of our fingertips. And that’s not always a good thing.
Chocolate in particular is getting a bad rap of late, but it’s time we had our sweet little bud’s back.
Chocolate is the best accompaniment to the decadent part of the week, when you sit back and unwind with your favourite TV show or a good book. For mums, it’s often the one tasty morsel you get to savour by yourself once the nightly ritual of bathing, bed and books is done.
Speaking of hiding the chocolate away for yourself, have you tried tucking it away in a frozen vegetable bag to keep it safe from little hands? Works a treat!
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Nicole Dynan – Accredited Practising Dietitian and Media Spokesperson for the Dietitians Association of Australia –confirms there is no reason to eliminate chocolate from your diet.
"Most of us agree that chocolate is delicious, and the good news is – there’s no need to leave it out completely if you’re focused on eating healthily," she says. "While it’s true that chocolate doesn’t have a great deal of nutrition, and (some brands can be) heavy on the kilojoules and sugar, eating small amounts infrequently won’t undo your dedication to healthy eating.