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Discover the health food benefits of natural dark chocolate at GoodnessMe. Explore gluten-free, organic, fairtrade, dairy-free and vegan chocolate, free from refined sugar and naturally sweetened with healthy alternatives. Shop chocolate bars, bliss balls, cacao powder, and hot chocolate beverages from leading brands!
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Before we venture into what makes chocolate healthy, it might be helpful to look at what chocolate actually is.
Chocolate comes from the seeds of the cacao tree. Straight from the tree they are very bitter and need to go through a few processes, including fermentation and roasting. Only then becoming a product ready to eat.
The chocolate you buy commercially usually has a lot more than just that roasted cacao in it. There can be various additives, including refined sugar which can make chocolate an unhealthy option. In fact, some well-known chocolate brands have products that contain around 54 grams of sugar per 100 grams.
So to go back to our original question, chocolate without these nasty additives and lots of sugar is healthy chocolate. This is because chocolate itself contains powerful antioxidants and compounds known as flavanols. Some of the antioxidants found in some healthy chocolate are linked to the following health benefits* :
There is also some evidence that consuming chocolate can be a mood booster due to a chemical known as phenylethylamine which stimulates those happiness centres in your brain, similar to falling in love! No wonder so many of us claim to love chocolate.
It certainly can be! Vegan chocolate tends to contain healthy and natural ingredients, with little or no refined sugar.
Those of you who wish to ensure they satisfy their sweet tooth while also ensuring they only consume vegan products will find some healthy and tasty options at GoodnessMe.
Try one of the Carob Kitchen Vegan range of chocolate bars and bears, in flavours such as coconut or mint. Or the Chow Cacao Vegan Organic Chocolate Orange Jaffa block, which has 100% pure orange essential oil.
Here at GoodnessMe, we have a range of chocolate products to suit all your needs. You won't find any of those nasty ingredients in any of the chocolate products we sell. So, enjoy that sweet treat, guilt-free.
Whether you are conscious of the environmental impact or want a sugar-free indulgent treat, you can rely on GoodnessMe to supply you with the tastiest of chocolate treats.
* To be enjoyed in moderation and in conjunction with a healthy lifestyle and is not intended to be a substitute for medical advice. Always consult a healthcare professional before making any diet or lifestyle changes.