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Intensely flavoured and silky smooth, a small amount of dark chocolate can satisfy the strongest cravings

Intensely flavoured and silky smooth, a small amount of dark chocolate can satisfy the strongest cravings


THINK HEALTHY EATING, think ‘so long, chocolate’? Well we’ve got news for you, sweet-toothed friends – the dark stuff isn’t so bad after all. In fact, choose quality bars with a high cocoa content (70% or more) and it has the potential to get more minerals into our diet, including potassium, magnesium, copper, iron, phosphorus and manganese. Plus it helps to boost antioxidants in the body, especially flavonoids, which have been linked to improved heart health. But before you rush out to buy a bumper bar to scoff while watching Saturday night telly, remember this: the nutrient content may be impressive, but the fat and calorie counts are high. Stick to a couple of small squares and eat them only occasionally. It also makes a good ingredient – its deep flavour lends itself to countless sweet and savoury recipes, such as our suggestions on the right.

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New Year’s resolution slipping by the wayside? Get back on track with February’s HFG: we’ve expert advice on beating the weight-loss plateau, fitness motivation and 12 essential skills to help your healthy cooking. Plus, get the sane view on The Sirtfood Diet, improve your mouth health and build a better lunch box with our canny tips