Rethinking Chocolate Treats in the Midst of a Global Cocoa Shortage

In the article "Rethinking Chocolate Treats in the Midst of a Global Cocoa Shortage," Scott Keatley, RD, a registered dietitian and co-owner of Keatley MNT in New York City, contributes valuable insights on the nutritional aspects of chocolate consumption amidst rising prices due to a cocoa shortage. Keatley emphasizes the health benefits of dark chocolate, notably its content of flavonoids which can enhance heart health and cognitive function, potentially improving memory and processing speed. However, he also highlights the downsides, including its high levels of saturated fat, cholesterol, and sugar, which could lead to weight gain and other health issues. Keatley advises against eliminating chocolate entirely for those who love it, suggesting instead moderation in consumption. He proposes incorporating small amounts of dark chocolate with healthy fats like almonds, or pairing it with berries, yogurt, or roasted chickpeas as ways to enjoy chocolate responsibly without overindulgence. Keatley stresses the importance of planning chocolate as part of a balanced snack strategy, considering its role in one's overall diet.