Dark Chocolate Chips

About Dark Chocolate

We recommend finding dark chocolate chips that are at least 60% cacao.  Lets discuss how chocolate is made.  It stars with the cacao bean.  We use cacao powder in Ancient Chocolate superfood mix – which is the raw, unprocessed cacao.  In order to make dark chocolate, you simply mix cacao with fat (e.g. butter) and sugar.  To make milk chocolate, you add milk to this.  The higher % of cacao means the chocolate has more of the actually cacao bean and less of the butter, sugar, and/or milk.  The cacao is where the health benefits of chocolate come from.

Nutrition Benefits of Dark Chocolate

Cacao is loaded with antioxidants.  Lets put into perspective at how loaded chocolate is.  One way to measure antioxidant density is through something called an ORAC score.  Cacao scores 95,500 mmol per 100g while blueberries (also known for antioxidants) scores 2,400. Many of the antioxidants in cacao are flavonoids, including anthocyanidin.

Cacao is primarily known for benefits related to mood (helps raise serotonin levels), cardiovascular health, blood pressure (helps increase nitric oxide levels), anti-inflammatory, and also known as a cancer fighter.

Smoothie Tips

We recommend finding dark chocolate chips that are at least 60% cacao.  You can also replace dark chocolate chips with cacao nibs – which are healthier, but don’t taste as good.

Many of our recipes have you first blend your smoothie and then after it’s blended – we have you add the chocolate chips and just pulse your blender so the chocolate chips stay crunchy in your smoothie.  The reason is because if you blended the chips up with your smoothie so there were no chunks, the chocolate flavor gets dissipated more in your smoothie, and you would likely want to add more chocolate chips to your recipe so you could taste it better.  Keeping the chocolate as chunks helps really bring out the chocolate flavor without having to add too much chocolate chips to your smoothie!

Nutrition Facts

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Dark Chocolate Chips scores well for 8 health goals

This ingredient was scored for various health goals Learn more.

Recipes using Dark Chocolate Chips

The Research

Circulatory System (Cardiovascular): Score 96

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Improves insulin resistance, reduces serum insulin levels and parameters associated with cardiovascular disease risk. Cacao has a positive effect on inflammatory mediators in patients at high risk of cardiovascular disease. It improves endothelial function. It reduces blood pressure and raises nitric oxide levels. It has therapeutic value in the partial prevention of heart remodeling and atrial fibrillation. The Kuna Indians have low rates of heart attack, diabetes and cancer, which may be due to high intake of cacao. Cacao is found in the Ancient Chocolate Superfood Mix.

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Erectile Dysfunction: Score 96

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Improves insulin resistance, reduces serum insulin levels and parameters associated with cardiovascular disease risk. Cacao has a positive effect on inflammatory mediators in patients at high risk of cardiovascular disease. It improves endothelial function. It reduces blood pressure and raises nitric oxide levels. It has therapeutic value in the partial prevention of heart remodeling and atrial fibrillation. The Kuna Indians have low rates of heart attack, diabetes and cancer, which may be due to high intake of cacao. Cacao is found in the Ancient Chocolate Superfood Mix.

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Skin Health (Psoriasis, Eczema, etc.): Score 92

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Human: It contains flavanols provide significant photoprotection and can thus be effective at protecting human skin from harmful UV effects.

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Inflammation: Score 90

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Animal: It may exert potential effects on ameliorating high blood fats, insulin resistance, liver steatosis and related inflammation.

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Cholesterol: Score 88

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Cacao improves arterial lining function in people with high cholesterol. Cacao may reduce blood lipids and insulin resistance. Cacao is found in the Ancient Chocolate Superfood Mix.

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Thyroid: Score 88

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Cacao is found in the Ancient Chocolate Superfood Mix.

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Contains magnesium (125% RDA), which Prevents exercise induced reduction in thyroid hormone. Contains selenium (20% RDA), which is related to a healthy thyroid. Low selenium levels in the thyroid tissue may increase thyroid cancer risk. Selenium may reduce antithyroid peroxidase antibodies’ levels in patients with Hashimoto disease. In areas with selenium deficiency there is a higher incidence of thyroiditis due to a decreased activity of selenium-dependent glutathione peroxidase activity within thyroid cells. Low serum selenium was associated with a larger thyroid volume and a higher prevalence of thyroid enlargement. Contains zinc (45% RDA). A deficiency may contribute to thyroid cancer and increase thyroid volume. It prevents exercise induced reduction of thyroid hormones and testosterone.

Allergy: Score 86

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A cocoa enriched diet helps prevent anti-allergen IgE synthesis.

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Alzheimers: Score 86

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It reduces neuronal cell death in a manner relevant to Alzheimer’s disease. It holds promise in the prevention of Alzheimer’s disease.

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How Our Scoring System Works

For each health goal, we assigned a score to each recipe and each ingredient. This helps you better understand the correlation that medical research is suggesting between foods and benefits to various health goals. Our scoring system is based on REAL RESEARCH published on pubmed.gov. This is a website that curates over 25 million different biomedical journals.

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What we consider when creating your scores:

  • 1Type of Study (human, animal, lab, or academic review)
  • 2Amount of Research
  • 3What the Research Says
  • 4How much of the ingredient we use (for the recipes)
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