#Chocolate – is it good or bad for you?
There has been lots written in the tabloids about the benefits of eating #chocolate but is this true or false?
Well, according to Medical News Today, #chocolate receives a lot of bad press because of its high fat and sugar content. Its consumption has been associated with acne, obesity, high blood pressure, coronary artery disease, and diabetes. … #chocolate’s antioxidant potential may have a range of health benefits.
Some studies have suggested #chocolate could lower cholesterol levels and prevent memory decline.
Researchers who studied cyclists doing time trials in the U.K. found that “After eating dark #chocolate, the riders used less oxygen when cycling at a moderate pace and also covered more distance in a two-minute flat-out time trial.”
Antioxidants can help reduce free radical damage linked with premature ageing. It can be found in foods such as beans, fruit and dark #chocolate. Dark #chocolate ranks higher than many fruit and vegetables for its antioxidant power.
Healthline says dark #chocolate is loaded with nutrients that can positively affect your health. Made from the seed of the cocoa tree, it is one of the best sources of antioxidants on the planet. Studies show that dark #chocolate (not the sugary crap) can improve your health and lower the risk of heart disease.
So, I guess eaten properly the answer is a definite ‘yes’ #chocolate can be good for you. How appropriate is that with #Chocolate Week this week from 15th – 21st October. ENJOY…
Chocolate Week, the nation’s favourite themed week, returns for a 14th consecutive year, celebrating the world of fine #chocolate from 15 to 21 October 2018.
Hundreds of events are expected this Chocolate Week around the UK, with the country’s top chocolatiers and #chocolate companies, as well as hotels, bars and restaurants celebrating by hosting talks, tastings, demonstrations and sampling, as well as creating exclusive products, new launches, offers, #chocolate meals, cocktails and recipes using some of the best #chocolate brands from around the world.
Chocolate Week aims to promote fine flavour #chocolate, the independent artisan chocolatiers and the #chocolate companies who work in direct partnership with cocoa farmers, encouraging consumers to pay a fairer price for their #chocolate.
A list of participants can be found on the Chocolate Week website.
Chocolate Week 9-15th October 2017
If you love chocolate (like I do) then you have to go over to the Chocolate Week website to check out what events and tastings are going on during this week.
The Chocolate Show takes place at the Olympia National Hall on the 13th-15th October where some of the delightful and delectable things happening at The Chocolate Show include:
– A selection of the finest chocolatiers and pastry makers from the UK and around the world
– Celebrity chef demonstrations
– Workshops for adults and budding chefs
– A pop-up chocolate restaurant
– a Chocolate Bar with chocolate and drink pairings
and much more!
There is also a Participants Page which lists all the chocolate makers who are staging events during Chocolate week ( all based in London).
There is also a page just on chocolate where you will learn things you never knew about chocolate.
As it’s the last night of chocolate week I thought I would finish off with a quote from Jo Brand…’Anything is good it it’s made of chocolate’…… 🙂
My favourite week of the year is nearly here, ‘Chocolate Week’, from 13-19th October.
Seven whole days of indulging your sweet tooth and trying out the ‘BEST’ chocolate in the UK.
It looks set to be bigger and better than ever, with chocolate tasting and chocolate making demonstrations being held around the country.
Head to their Facebook page to find out more.