Dark Chocolate Or Milk Chocolate?


We all know that dark chocolate is much better for you than sugary milk chocolate.

But does it taste as good?


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Dark chocolate is said to have several health benefits because it contains flavanols, which act as antioxidants. Benefits include: lower blood pressure; reduction in risk of heart disease and cancer; strong bones and teeth; and (contrary to the popular myth that chocolate causes acne) healthy skin. But to reap the health benefits you have to be sure you are eating as much flavanols as possible: the darker, the better. In other words, you want the darkest chocolate— at least 70 percent cocoa or higher.

Have you ever tasted dark chocolate with more than 70 percent cocoa? The flavor can be intense. I'm not a huge sweet person, so I prefer dark to milk chocolate; but for those people with a sweet tooth, dark chocolate may taste unpleasantly bitter. Some of my favorite dark chocolates include:

And for those of you who prefer milk chocolate, Food & Wine rated the best milk chocolate bars. The affordable Hershey's Symphony came out on top, along with 365 Organic (from Whole Foods), Dagoba Organic Chocolate Milk, Lindt Classic Recipe, and Valrhona Cao Grande Lait.

Which chocolate do you prefer: milk or dark?

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