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Dark Chocolate is Good For You

Postby maverick » Wed Oct 25, 2017 6:52 pm

Well, have we been bamboozled by large companies again, guess if you have a lot of money, you could make a Krispy Kreme doughnut a health food, well maybe. :(

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Re: Dark Chocolate is Good For You

Postby oldhikerQ » Thu Oct 26, 2017 7:39 am

Almost 5 oz (750 calories) of dark chocolate needed to provide a "heart healthy" dose (600-750 mg) of flavanols.
Just wow.
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Re: Dark Chocolate is Good For You

Postby longri » Thu Oct 26, 2017 10:35 am

To be bamboozled means you fell for it.
I doubt that you did, Maverick.
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Re: Dark Chocolate is Good For You

Postby Shawn » Thu Oct 26, 2017 11:46 am

Wait, chocolate isn't good for you? :tear:
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Re: Dark Chocolate is Good For You

Postby Wandering Daisy » Thu Oct 26, 2017 3:13 pm

To look at it another way, 750 calories for about 5 oz of dark chocolate is a pretty good source of calories for a given weight. So as a backpack food maybe it is not that bad. Now put that into a dark chocolate covered almond, and looks to me like a great backpack food. Personally I am not looking for lower calories when I selected backpack food. Biggest problem is that most chocolate gets too warm in a bear can and will melt into a mess. That is why I avoid chocolate covered trail bars.

I will still take my individually wrapped squares of dark chocolate as my reward for a good day's walk.
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Re: Dark Chocolate is Good For You

Postby gary c. » Fri Oct 27, 2017 2:21 am

Wandering Daisy,
I've gotten pretty fond of dark chocolate and nuts too. I've been buying Kind bars the last couple years and really enjoying them. I recently tried these "Nut Bars" from Costco and they are really good. The only down side is that they only come in one variety instead of the different ones you can get with the Kind bars. Obviously a Kind Bar nock-off right down to the packaging. The cool thing is that they are less than half the price of the Kind bars, $19.79 for 30 bars.
https://www.costco.com/Kirkland-Signatu ... 21570.html

Notice that they do not call it a dark chocolate but a cocoa drizzle and sea salt. While I haven't had them anyplace really hot I did carry them quite a bit this fall without any signs of melting.
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Re: Dark Chocolate is Good For You

Postby paul » Sun Mar 11, 2018 10:17 pm

I refer to it as "Vitamin C" and consider it a necessity - if not for life then at least for happiness. But 5oz at a time is a bit much. The power of the Dark Side is such that only small amounts are needed - as long as it is dark enough.
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