Just in case your cravings for chocolate weren’t quite sated over Easter (or have come back since), here’s some help with picking out the good from the bad.
Yep, that’s right: some chocolate is actually good for you.
Food of the gods
Cocoa beans come from the Theobroma cacao tree, which translates to ‘food of the gods’. The fermented, dried seeds of the cacao tree are the main good-for-you ingredient in chocolate.
These beans – also the main ingredient of a drink enjoyed by the Aztecs – are considered a superfood; they contain over 300 compounds including protein, fat, carbohydrates, fibre, iron, zinc, copper, calcium and magnesium. They’re full of antioxidant properties as well as ‘feel good’ hormones.
The feel-good factor
One of the many ‘bliss’ chemicals found in chocolate is the lipid anandamide, which is also known as ‘chocolate amphetamine’. It causes changes in blood pressure and blood-sugar levels, leading to feelings of excitement and alertness. Some people also consider cocoa beans to be Nature’s anti-depressant.
So eating dark chocolate – in small doses – can actually be good for you!
72% cocoa is recommended and the top organic and fair trade quality is a must for the best taste and health benefits.
Chocolate and the skin
Because cocoa is high in antioxidants such as Vitamin E, it contains fantastic anti-ageing properties that fight the activity of free radicals on your skin, helping to keep your skin looking supple and young.
Cocoa is just one of the many powerful ingredients in Inlight organic’s sumptuous Chocolate Face Mask – click here for a full list of ingredients and their properties.