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If you like chocolate, please read

August 17, 2009

For many people chocolate seems like a necessary part of our diet. People love it! And what’s not to love? It can be sweet, bitter, salty, creamy and satisfying.

Part of why we love chocolate is that it helps release that feel-good neurotransmitter—serotonin—in the brain. Many of us have a love / hate relationship with this treat because it's deemed as "unhealthy." Before you jump to eliminate it from your diet completely, read on.

The problem isn’t in loving chocolate, but rather the type that you might consume. Chocolate in its most natural state is high in iron, calcium, potassium and vitamins A, B, C and D, but when it’s commercially produced it loses its nutritional value.

Quality makes a big difference. If chocolate is one of your pleasures in life indulge a little. But when you do indulge go for the quality. You will find that if you spend a little extra money you’ll be a lot more satisfied for less.

As with every food that you crave, be sure to check in with yourself to see why you are craving them. Are you feeling stressed out? Tired? Bored? Sad? Or are you thirsty?

About the author

Joshua Rosenthal is the Founder and Director of the Institute for Integrative Nutrition. He has worked in the nutrition field for more than 25 years, teaching at the school alongside health leaders including Andrew Weil, Deepak Chopra and Barry Sears. At Integrative Nutrition students are trained as Health Coaches, receiving the holistic nutrition education necessary for them go out into the world and help others improve their health and happiness.