THE HEALTH BENEFITS
Yes, it's true, Chocolate which is high in cocoa solids (70% or more) is
now recognised as having many qualities that are beneficial to health,
essential trace elements and nutrients such as iron, calcium and potassium, and vitamins A. B1, C,
D, and E.
Cocoa is also the
highest natural source for Magnesium. Magnesium deficiency is linked with hypertension, heart
disease, diabetes, joint problems and pre-menstrual tension (PMT or PMS).
There are benefits
in Chocolate for both men and women:
The high Magnesium
content of Chocolate is beneficial for the Cardiovascular System and hypertension.
It's a pre-menstrual
drop in progesterone levels which is responsible for the violent mood swings familiar to so many
women (and their families), adding magnesium to a sufferers diet has been proved to increase
pre-menstrual progesterone levels, thus helping alleviate the symptoms.
It's a fact that plain dark chocolate products containing a minimum 70% or more
cocoa solids are the healthiest and the best way to satisfy a craving for chocolate, without
consuming too much sugar and saturated fat or HVO. If your a Milk Chocolate lover,
choose products with a minimum of 40% cocoa solids. Unfortunately white
chocolate is by far the unhealthiest but if you must, look for a minimum 30% cocoa butter.
Chocolate lovers go
wrong by choosing cheap (& not so cheap) "brand name" or
other chocolate or chocolates,
low in chocolate solids (ave is less than 20% cocoa solids, but some cake coverings
can contain less than 7%),
all are high in sugar, saturated fats and other health hazards such as HVO (Hydrogenated
Vegetable Oil) and consequently can be disastrous for both teeth and health.
chocolates, both the commercial variety and (sadly) many handmade
are some of the worst culprits with fillings consisting almost exclusively of flavoured Fondant and
Praline, fondant is virtually 100% sugar and pralines can be just as bad.
BUT ALL'S NOT DOOM AND GLOOM!
If you love
chocolates, Janet has developed her fillings using no added sugar, all
are high in cocoa solids, typically with much less sugar than that found in fondant fillings. She
covers the centers with only the finest chocolate covertures, typically containing
72%+ cocoa for
plain chocolate, 43% cocoa for milk chocolate and 30% cocoa butter for white chocolate.
They are not only
deliciously different, but the fillings generally contain far less sugar than many 'Brand
Name' and other chocolates, and eating less sugar is definitely healthier.
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