The Fling & "9 Reasons You Should Eat Dark Chocolate Every Single Day"

Rest assured, Telluride’s San Miguel Resource Center did not plant this story. In actual fact Julie R. Thomson, Senior Editor, Taste – you can’t make this stuff up – of the Huffington Post wrote the blog on February 1, just 10 days before the 22nd annual Chocolate Lover’s Fling. At the Fling –  one of the most, if not THE most, important public fundraiser of the year for the nonprofit because of the discretionary funds raised at the event – regional chefs compete for prizes for the decadent, phantasmagorical confections they create just for the party. Which turn out to be good for you. Read on. (And support the Resource Center by attending the Fling. Tickets available at Two Skirts and online at http://smrcco.org)

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Those of us who love chocolate don’t really need an excuse to eat it every day ― having a bar stashed in the kitchen is reason enough. But if you’re one of those chocolate lovers who feels a little bad about your habit, we have great news for you: eating dark chocolate with a high cocoa percentage is a part of a healthy diet. Some would even say that it’s a beneficial part of your daily diet.

If you’re looking to validate your sweet habit, behold, here are nine reasons you should feel good about your dark chocolate obsession.

1. Dark chocolate just makes you happy. Not just because it tastes so dang good ― which definitely helps ― but because it contains tryptophan. Tryptophan is an amino acid that’s used by the brain to make serotonin, the neurotransmitter that makes us feel happiness. 

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2. Dark chocolate with a high cocoa content contains a solid amount of soluble fiberA 100-gram bar of 70-85 percent chocolate has 11 grams of fiber. Soluble fiber helps keep cholesterol down, keeps you feeling fuller longer, and is good for your digestive health.

3. Eating dark chocolate might be good for your brain. That’s right, eating chocolate may keep your brain sharp and help you ward off dementia. A four-decade long study found that people with frequent chocolate consumption preformed better on brain-powered tests. 

4. It’s good for your heart, too. Eating dark chocolate may lower your risk of cardiovascular disease. One study showed that eating chocolate five or more times a week lowered the risk of cardiovascular disease by 57 percent.

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5. Dark chocolate makes for happier babies. And who doesn’t want a happy baby? A Finnish study found that mothers who ate more chocolate during pregnancy had happier, less fussy babies. This is great news for pregnant women everywhere.

6. It’s got the flavonoids we all want and need…

Finish the list, while salivating, here.

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Susan Viebrock

Susan Viebrock

Susan is Telluride Inside… and Out’s founder and editor-in-chief, the visionary on the team, in charge of content, concept and development. For 19+ years, Susan has covered Telluride’s cultural economy, which includes non-profits and special events. Much of her writing features high-profile individuals in the arts, entertainment, business, and politics. She is a former Citibank executive specializing in strategic planning and new business development, and a certified Viniyoga instructor.
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