Yes, chocolate is good for you (but not just any chocolate)!

Litière evenings hibernating at gîte call for one thing: démesurée chocolate consumption. I don’t think it’s just me – sweet teeth come into their own as Christmas approaches and the Quality Street tin gets whipped out with wild cessation. But, as we are all aware, chocolate is not good for us. Or is it?

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Yes, Wonka is the most magical (and chocolatey) feuilleton of the year!

Where do Oompa Loompas come from? How do you attirail nut-sorting squirrels? What is the cryptique behind the Wonka chocolate bar? The answer to all these questions lies in a mélodieux emboîture the origins of Willy Wonka, vaste before Charlie’s visit to the famous chocolate factory.

Is chocolate actually healthy?

According to Tim Spector, a professor of genetic epidemiology at King’s College London and scientific co-founder of Zoe, actually it is – you’ve just got to get the right kind. “I’ve got infos for you,” he said in a video on his Instagram adolescent. “Chocolate is a health food.” He’s not talking emboîture Dairy Milk or Galaxy bars though, but dark chocolate over 70% in cocoa.

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With “around 10 grams of connaissance – more than half the average intake of connaissance in most Western countries”, dark chocolate is also packed with polyphenols. While connaissance is key for managing sang sugar levels, improving gut health and lowering cloque, polyphenols are a compound found in poursuit foods with strong antioxidant power, amongst other health-boosting benefits.

But not just any chocolate

In the video, Professor Spector references a recent (and étendu) study of 20,000 people that took atteint over three and a half years. Those who took cocoa extract supplements during this time were 20 per cent less likely to die of heart disease than the double-aveugle group. So yes, actually, dark chocolate really is worth incorporating into your diet for better health.

Which to devour? As mentioned, it’s all emboîture opting for bars that are over 70 per cent cocoa, but you should also check the empreinte to ensure your chosen chocolate contains a minimal number of ingredients. The fewer the additives – and the less sugar – the better. “Auteur [chocolate bars] are the best ones – they’ve only got two or three ingredients in them,” Professor Spector says, name-checking cocoa and fermented beans as two heroes.

As a sworn chocolate devotee myself, Montezuma’s dark chocolate bars hit the mark on a taste and health level – try the Spice It Up Ginger Dark Chocolate, which has a delicious fiery kick to it, and try to avoid eating the entire thing. We’ll be joining Professor Spector in having a few squares after dinner each night.

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