You've probably heard that dark chocolate is loaded with nutrients that can positively affect your health. Made from the seed of the cocoa tree, it's one of the best sources of antioxidants, provides soluble fiber, and is loaded with minerals. Studies show that dark chocolate can even lower the risk of heart disease. This is interesting since most of us eat a lot of chocolate on Valentine's Day and the symbol for Valentine's Day is a heart. According to one source, a 100 gram bar of dark chocolate with 70-85% cocoa contains: 67% of the RDA for Iron; 58% of the RDA for Magnesium; 89% of the RDA for Copper; 98% of the RDA for Manganese; as well as plenty of potassium, phosphorus, zinc and selenium.
So what if you've eaten a bit more, or a whole lot more than 100 grams of chocolate? Try one of these tips to counteract an overdose of sweet: eat a few salty olives, some sauerkraut, an Umeboshi plum or a half-teaspoon of Umeboshi plum paste, miso soup, or add soy sauce to a cup of ginger tea. Salty counteracts sweet. Stay tuned for some tips in case of an overdose of salt!