Before starting keto I was afraid of fat. I would limit my avocado consumption, go easy on the olive oil, and maybe every once in a while buy a chocolate bar but try not to overindulge. As a result, I was constantly hungry, foggy, and unsatiated. Luckily, since adopting the ketogenic diet, those crazy days are over.
Dark chocolate is probably one of my favorite keto foods because it not only tastes good but makes me feel good almost instantly. I enjoy it everyday now without any guilt.
Here are the top 3 Chocolate Brands that I recommend:
Chocolate is classified by the percent of “cacao” that is contained in the bar. Low carb chocolate gets more keto-friendly as the percentage of cacao in the bar increases. As the cacao percentage increases, the carbs tend to decrease. Dark chocolate that is 80 percent or above can easily fit into your daily net carb limit.
What are the benefits of adding Low Carb Chocolate to Your Diet?
1. Nutritional Value – Dark chocolate is rich in iron, fiber, magnesium, copper, manganese, and potassium
2. Antioxidants – Dark chocolate is loaded with organic compounds that are biologically active and function as antioxidants. These include polyphenols, flavanols, and catechins
3. Productivity – I consider dark chocolate to be a brain food and often eat a square or two before a study session. It contains the stimulants caffeine and theobromine which keep you awake and energized. Dark chocolate also contains flavanols which can improve blood flow and lower blood pressure. (1)
If you are new to the low carb game, then dark chocolate might taste very bitter at first. I encourage you to be patient. Once you remove unnatural sugars from your diet your taste buds will begin to adjust and you will be able to truly appreciate the taste of “real” chocolate without all the sugars and additives. These days I cannot stand chocolate bars that are below 80% cacao because they just taste too sweet. Since going keto, dark chocolate has become a delicious pantry staple at my house. I hope you can discover your own favorite dark chocolate so that you too can begin to enjoy the benefits of this amazing superfood.