Spot Healthy Chocolate in a Minute

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How can I spot healthy chocolate? Well, if you’re grounded in checking food labels you know:

1) To check in what order the ingredients are listed: So if Sugar is the first ingredient then you need to check how much. How many flights of stairs will you need to climb and drop the calories? Ideally, cocoa should never be far away on the list of ingredients. For example, this is the ingredient list of the healthiest chocolate you will find on Chocolat A Toi:

Organic Fairtrade couverture dark chocolate (Min cocoa solids 70.2%) Ingredients: Cocoa mass,cane sugar, cocoa butter,emulsifier: soya lecithin.  FLO Fair Trade Product ID 1441. From organic farming EU: CERTISYS BE-BIO-01.

Keep this in mind when checking.

2) How much Cocoa is there in it? On a bar of good chocolate you should always be able to find out how much Cocoa there is inside – 5%, 10% or 80% cocoa solids? If this information is missing, drop it and head for the pick n mix dispensers because honestly it might not be any better. Those who eat chocolate for health purposes choose dark chocolate bars that have no less than 80% cocoa. So, the closer your chocolate bar is to 80% the healthier.

3) Is it organic? The importance of chocolate sourced from organic sources is really important especially if you’re thinking healthy. Chocolate is very delicate and picks up everything in the environment so if any toxic substances are around during production they get into it. If the farming methods include the use of chemicals then you might have to reconsider your decision to buy ‘healthy chocolate’.

4) Is it single origin? If you visit a real gourmet chocolate shop, you will come across chocolate bars that tout on the label the phrase ‘single origin’. This is very important as you don’t want a chocolate bar with cocoa from 8 different countries that have travelled all over and picked up a lot of things in the environment.

So, when next you decide to choose a chocolate bar because it’s healthy, make sure you’ve checked all these points before you dig in.

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