July 10, 2017 5:15 pm Leave your thoughts
But let’s be quite clear: not any old chocolate. Not all chocolate is created equal – and at Naturally Good Food, we’re here to make sure that don’t overbalance. We’ve got the very best chocolate and the very best reasons for including it in every balanced diet!
A balanced diet: buy the very best chocolate
Thin people don’t eat diet food, as the cliché has it – but thin and healthy people do eat chocolate. They just don’t eat huge quantities of poor-quality chocolate. A square or two of our rich, dark, creamy chocolate is really all you need for a treat or to round off a meal. (Indeed, it’s been shown that dark chocolate triggers the hormones that tell your brain you’re full – so eating a square of it can prevent you from feeling the urge to keep snacking.)
At Naturally Good Food, we specialise in special chocolate: organic, Fairtrade, ethically produced, dairy-free, or chocolate that’s available in particularly unusual flavours and forms. You can see all of our chocolate here. We don’t stock big, chunky bars, but we do have smaller, delicate truffles, chocolate-covered fruit and nuts, and thin bars. This is chocolate to savour – break off a square or two and enjoy the texture and clean ‘finish’ of a proper, high-quality product.
We also sell sugar-free chocolate, which is usually still sweetened, generally with xylitol. We also stock 100% cacao bars and cacao nibs too, for the ultimate chocolate experience. In general, with its higher cocoa solid content, dark chocolate has less sugar than milk chocolate.
A balanced diet: is chocolate good for you?
It’s practically a medicine
Dark chocolate is rich in antioxidants, particularly flavonoids and polyphenols, which improve heart health and circulation. Dark chocolate has been shown to have a positive impact on cholesterol and insulin levels and, with its anti-inflammatory properties, to be beneficial for the brain.
Dark chocolate is also a great source of potassium, zinc, selenium and iron.
It’s good for your mood
Dark chocolate has been shown to lower stress levels. It contains phenylethylamine, which encourages your brain to release ‘feel good’ endorphins.
It’s good for your skin
The flavonols in dark chocolate help protect you from the effects of the sun.
A balanced diet: chocolate in clean hands
Keep your hands and conscience clean by choosing our chocolate made by ethical producers or sold through the Fairtrade mechanism. Take a look at these brands to get an idea of just how great chocolate can be:
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This post was written by Yzanne