Eating well to a great extent is about changing habits. Most of us have got accustomed to a lifestyle that includes a host of foods that are not good for you. From food that has not been washed completely to food rich in bad fats or carbohydrates. Once in a while you hit a jackpot. Its called chocolate. Dark that is. If you are already eating it, you just need to turn 50 shades of dark. If you are not, there is no time like now to start. Dark chocolate that is over 70% is excellent for you. The darker the better. I have even eaten 100% dark chocolate at a chocolate factory that imported beans from Venezuela. I found it hard to digest but up to 90% was perfectly fine.

Of course you would not eat so much. But 100 gms of D.C. has 11% fiber, 67% of your required iron, 58% Magnesium, 89% of Copper, 98% of Manganese. It also has potassium, phosphorus, zinc and selenium. A piece or two every once in a while and you have managed to get a substantial amount of the minerals that you need. It has low sugar, which is why its dark and the fiber neutralizes the sugar. In addition to minerals, D.C. has anti-oxidants and helps you improve your LDL to HDL ratio. It does this by decreasing your LDL. It also helps slow down the calcification of plaque in your arteries.This reduces the risk of cardio-vascular diseases.

If you eat enough, it can even turn you into James Bond. OK, maybe not J.B. If you need to treat your child or your adult husband or wife, bribe them with dark chocolate instead of potato coated with flash fried oil. They will love you for it and you will manage to make them healthier. Feel free to send some my way too.


Ritesh is a born again health enthusiast and holds a Certificate in Physiology from Harvard Medical School and a Certificate in Nutrition from Tufts University.