The UK is a nation of chocolate lovers and for a long time, it has been known as our favourite comfort food. Many of enjoy the rich taste of chocolate with a cup of tea at the end of a long hard day and feel guilty about indulging in our favourite treat
Feel guilty no more as it appears that gourmet chocolate could be the answer to a number of health problems. It is delicious dark chocolate with 70% cocoa that is really good for us and buying into a chocolate brand that specialise in crafting chocolates with single origin dark chocolate could be good for your heart, circulation and brain.
Feel Good at Heart
Did you know that chocolate is great for increasing flexibility in arteries and reducing white blood cells that are sticking to the walls of blood vessels? Both of these health problems can become much more serious are both a common cause of artery clogging.
Make sure that when you are eating chocolate that you choose a blend which is 70% dark chocolate and sourced from the volcanic island of Sao Tome. If enjoyed in moderation, your cocoa fix may improve your health.
Chocolate Reduces the Risk of a Stroke
Researchers in Finland have discovered that men who eat chocolate that has a high cocoa content had a massive 17% reduction in stroke risk! Scottish Chocolatier, Iain Burnett has created the world’s “Best Dark Truffle” after winning at the International Chocolate Awards. The Velvet Truffle creators offers a selection of vegetarian and vegan options making it one of the best places in the UK to source pure chocolate from. Iain says his chocolate is popular because it is so natural and fresh and claims that:
“Many years of work has gone into the Velvet Truffles so it’s fantastic that such a pure ganache – just rare cocoa and a very particular fresh cream without additives – is recognised by pastry chefs, restaurateurs and members of the international Grand Jury.”
Chocolate Is Rich in Minerals
Dark chocolate is full of minerals such as; potassium, zinc and selenium. On average one bar of dark chocolate contains 67% of our recommended daily amount of iron.
Consumption of dark chocolate has been proven to reduce the levels of “bad” cholesterol and increase the levels of “good” cholesterol, which could potentially reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease.
Buying gourmet chocolate means that the ingredients inside it will be natural and pure which is why it is so good for your body. Try to stay away from mainstream brands as they are packed with sugar and preservatives. The taste of dark chocolate will release hormones that mirror the feeling of fullness, therefore it is recommended to finish your meals with a square of dark chocolate as this will reduce temptation to snack on unhealthy chocolate which is not beneficial for your health.
Does Chocolate Make Us Happier?
Of course, it does! Chocolate is delicious however this is not the reason why it makes us so happy, it is actually scientific. Chocolate contains phenyl ethylamine (PEA), the same chemical that is released when you’re falling in love.
It also contains flavanols which cab reduce memory loss in older people. This is why dark chocolate has even been discovered to be beneficial in treating brain injuries such as concussion.
Make sure that you always source your chocolate for a professional chocolatier that uses only the highest quality of ingredients. Gourmet chocolate not only tastes better but it will be better for your body on the inside.