Scientists Invent a Chocolate That’s Good For You – Is It A Dream?
It’s true, according to an American chocolate company. They have created a chocolate that has medicinal benefits and contains only 35% fat. I am sure everyone is dreaming about stuffing their faces with their favourite chocolates and having no down side. Will Friday nights now be chocolate night and if you feel you have a cold coming on you are allowed to eat more chocolate to help stave it off?
Dark chocolate has always been known to have benefits so read on to find out the truth and don’t forget to share with other chocolate lovers!
Cacao, the key ingredient in chocolate, contains a variety of antioxidants and minerals, which perform health benefits such as protecting the nervous system, reducing stroke risk and lowering blood pressure.
However, cacao is extremely bitter meaning many chocolate companies sweeten their products with fat and sugar, overriding cacao’s health benefits.
Kuka Xoco, the Boston-based firm, have discovered a new de-bittering agent in the form of a little-used herb from the Andean region of Bolivia and Peru.
Speaking at the World Chocolate Forum in London this week, Gregory Aharonian, president and chief scientist at Kuka Xoco, said: “This eliminates the need for sugar, sweeteners and much of the fat in chocolate, unleashing the medical benefits of cacao,” the Daily Mail reports.
The company’s long-term goal, he added, is to develop chocolate with just 10 per cent of fat and sugar.
The firm argue sugar is the “next nicotine”. Artificial sweeteners, they add, have been disastrous because they lead to weight gain and other problematic health complications.
Mr Aharonian also suggested the chocolate industry could double its annual profits if it also became a health food industry by removing as much fat and sugar from its products as possible.