Chocolate goodness (chomp the dark ones)

Chocolate not only care for our emotional being, it provides a great boost to our health.

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You got to pay a little more to gain the benefits because mass produced chocolate only has a little tiny amount of real chocolate as it is usually a mixture of poor quality fats, sugars, additives and vegetable oils. Thus, to enjoy the burst of benefits go for the high quality gourmet chocolate because the cocoa bean is the key ingredient here.

Real cocoa contains natural ingredients like flavonoids (flavan-3-ols) and phenols (phenyl ethlamine) that are known antioxidants. Antioxidants offer protection against heart disease and also slow down the oxidation of Low Density Lipoprotein (LDL), also known as bad cholesterol. (Source: ezyhealth&beauty, Mar 2008)

I only eat dark chocolates which is a good thing because not all types of chocolates provide the same kind of benefits. Milk chocolates contains more fat and sugar but less cocoa and fewer antioxidants than dark chocolates. As for white chocolate, it contains mixture of fats like cocoa butter, milk and sugar, so it is not really chocolate because there is no percentage of cocoa.

To have a healthy chocolate treat, select chocolates that list chocolate, chocolate liquor, cocoa, cacao as the first ingredient. Alternatively, select chocolates that contains 60% to 70% of cocoa, with the remaining 30% to 40% containing no oils other than natural cocoa butter. (Source: ezyhealth&beauty, Mar 2008)

I ate one that is 86% cocoa. It was very bitter but I could taste the real cocoa and the taste linger on for a while. It was heavenly!

Ladies, have you ever craved for chocolates during your premenstrual syndrome (PMS) period? It is a very common sight among my group of girlfriends to grab chocolates just before and during our period. It is implicit that eating chocolate makes one feeling happier!

There is a reason behind it. As mentioned earlier, chocolates contains phenyl ethylaminem, a happy substance for the mood and is naturally produced in the body when one is in love. (Hoo… isn’t this wonderful?)

Some gourment chocolate brands in Singapore are Sins, Godiva, Canele, Prestat, and many more. I read that Sin have their own range of tea chocolates that are infused with a choice of either Earl Grey or Green Tea. Gosh, being a tea-lover and chocolate-lover, I have to try it!

Godiva sells the Dark Chocolate Pearls (see picture below) at S$12. Oh, I am so going to give myself a treat for that. 😀

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Godiva) 

 

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8 Responses to Chocolate goodness (chomp the dark ones)

  1. joybell says:

    hi thanks for veiwing my blog gald you thought they looked good to eat, enjoyed yours very much hopefully when i get a bit more used to doing this mine will have as much information as yours thanks jo

  2. If you want a real treat, check out my website for pure, raw, unprocessed, cold-pressed cacao with no processed sugars, no added fat, no preservatives, waxes of fillers, This is a raw, livng food that also contains the Acai berry. All of our products have been tested at Brunswick Labs for their ORAC (antioxidant) value and for their flavenol content. Commercial manufacturers roast, alkalize or lecithinize the cocoa, which destroys the antioxidants.

    You cannot deny that our products provide the antioxidants you are looking for with the Brunswick Labs Seal of Approval. Moreover, our process is protected with an $11 million patent. Our founders developed this product (and method of processing the cacao beans) because the technology was not available to deliver all of the health benefits of cacao as shown by the research.

    I would welcome your feedback after you check out my website.

  3. bodytreats says:

    jo: Thanks for dropping by too! There are many sources where I get my information, such as beauty magazines, beauty forums, hearsay from friends, great blogs (like yours!). 🙂

    Diana: Thanks for visiting my blog. You have a great website. I wonder how much it will cost to ship the chocolates to Singapore!

  4. I’m always into discussions on anything organic, so this read made me feel at home.
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  5. bodytreats says:

    Hi Acai Berry Detox, thank you for dropping by. Glad you enjoyed my post. 🙂

  6. This is very up-to-date info. I’ll share it on Delicious.

  7. I really love chocolates.

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