Could Chocolate be the key to a Happy New Year? Friars Explores
As a luxury chocolate maker, we’re always here to fight the corner for chocolate when it comes to proving that chocolate isn’t always bad. Of course, one can over indulge but that goes for anything – when enjoyed as part of a balanced diet however, chocolate can contribute a number of health benefits, thanks to some of the properties of chocolates ingredients.
Because we make our chocolates ourselves, we know what goes into them, which is why it’s easy for us to be able to understand that chocolate can be enjoyed as a part of a healthy lifestyle! You don’t need to give up chocolate in 2021, to have a Happy New Year!
The Health Benefits of Chocolate
We’re going to focus on dark chocolate here, as when you ‘line up’ the types of chocolate, dark chocolate does come out on top when you consider the nutritional benefits. Dark chocolate doesn’t have to be bitter or dry either, at Friars, we’ve got loads of delicious dark chocolates available, that might just help improve your health too – when enjoyed in moderation of course.
See our full collection of decadent dark chocolates here.
To be considered a ‘dark chocolate’ the chocolate must contain no milk, which is why the majority of our dark chocolates are also vegan and can be enjoyed as part of a plant based diet. There’s no minimum amount of cocoa, so dark chocolate can contain any amount of cocoa, though you generally find that most chocolates contain between 50% and 90% cocoa.
It’s this high cocoa content that supplies dark chocolate with a number of healthy minerals, including Iron, Magnesium, Copper and Manganese. Moreover, dark chocolate is also rich in antioxidants and flavanols. Flavanols have been shown in studies to lower blood pressure and to increase blood flow to vital organs such as the brain and the heart!
According to BBC Good Food, one study in 2011 compares cocoa to a ‘super fruit’ thanks to it’s high levels of antioxidants and flavanols, you can see more from the study in the Chemistry Central Journal, here. Their conclusion is that, thanks to the high levels of antioxidants, polyphenol and flavanol, cocoa powder and specifically dark chocolate can be considered that of a super fruit:
“Cocoa powder and dark chocolate had equivalent or significantly greater ORAC, TP, and TF values compared to the other fruit powders and juices tested, respectively. Cacao seeds thus provide nutritive value beyond that derived from their macronutrient composition and appear to meet the popular media’s definition of a super fruit.”
When enjoyed as a part of a balanced diet, dark chocolate does boast a number of health benefits. Of course, cocoa isn’t going to bring a miracle cure to any of your ailments, but if chocolate is something you like to eat, perhaps switching to a darker, higher cocoa content chocolate is something you could consider in 2021, to help you live a happier and healthier lifestyle.