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Today is National Bittersweet Chocolate with Almonds Day!

on November 7, 2011

Wow- there really is a day for everything!  I wish this was milk chocolate with almonds day but probably best that it isn’t as I am still trying to work off my Halloween splurge. 

Healthy- but full of calories. Only one handful, please!

I’m not a fan of bittersweet chocolate, nor am I a fan of coffee or red wine- 3 bitter tasting items that are actually good for you in moderation.   Did you know that chocolate is a vegetable? Yep- it is made from cocoa beans which puts it in the veggie category but I don’t think you can count it as one of your 5 servings a day. 

Bittersweet chocolate is a sweetened form of dark chocolate that does not contain milk in either liquid or dry form.  Bittersweet chocolate is essentially a mixture of chocolate liquor, sugar, cocoa butter, and sometimes vanilla.  Recent studies have revealed certain health benefits  from the regular consumption of small quantities of bittersweet chocolate.  Due to its high cocoa content, dark chocolate is a good source of certain flavonoids — namely epicatechin and gallic acid — that may be protective for the heart.

The almond is a species of tree native to the Middle East and South Asia.  Almond is also the name of the edible and widely cultivated see of this tree.  The fruit of the almond is not a true nut, but the drupe, consisting of an outer hull and a hard shell with the seed inside.  Almonds are known to have health benefits including relief from constipation, respiratory disorders, cough, hear disorders, anemia, impotency, and diabetes.  It also helps in hair care, skin care, and dental care. Who knew almonds took care of so many ailments? 

 Dumb fact:  One of my cats is named Lucy Almond, I don’t know why Almond is her middle name! 

Since both bittersweet chocolate and almonds have some good health benefits, today might be a good time to try it.  I mean, it IS a national holiday! 

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One response to “Today is National Bittersweet Chocolate with Almonds Day!

  1. Randy says:

    Sounds like a good day for a Hershey bar with almonds. Do they make them in a dark chocolate?

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