Let’s Talk About Flavanol-Enriched Chocolate!
We all love chocolate. It’s one of the most delicious desserts that we can enjoy, and it just so happens to be good for us too! Most people know about raw dark chocolate’s benefits, but what do raw cacao beans have to offer? They are rich in flavanols which is a type of antioxidant. So let’s talk about some of the health benefits shall we?
Flavanols: Your Body’s New Best Friend
Raw chocolate is actually super high in anti-oxidants and healthy stuff that we know as flavanols. These are natural compounds found in cacao. When cacao is roasted, it can destroy some of the important nutrients and flavanols within it. Thats why we stick to raw cacao to create our raw organic chocolate bars. While raw organic dark chocolate has a ton of great benefits, it’s also important to pay attention to the ingredients list on anything you’re about to eat.
Cocoa powder which is raw by nature but not raw enough for some people since they have been heated so much during processing; cacao nibs are basically raw pieces from one large bean whereas raw cocoa butter doesn’t even contain any sugar or milk solids, so 100% pure fat with nothing else added!
Cacao beans themselves offer a wide variety of health benefits including being rich in, Magnesium and Calcium, Potassium and Iron, Vitamin C and B-complex vitamins. Our very own handcrafted chocolate bars contain all raw ingredients but some chocolates can also be darkly roasted meaning they’re actually not as healthy as you might think! The process of roasting the cacao means that lots of the raw goodness is lost, including the majority of naturally occurring antioxidants.
By using raw cacoa, we keep our beans and bars packed with your important flavanols.
In a recent study completed by Oxford Brookes University, it was discovered that Mr Popple’s Chocolate contains “significantly higher levels of antioxidants and polyphenols” in comparison to four leading UK dark chocolate brands. Flavanols are a family of polyphenols. These higher levels of polyphenols only heighten the bodily benefits of eating our flavanol-enriched chocolate. This study highlights the proven goodness in our chocolate bars!
Beat High Blood Pressure And Eat Chocolate!
Raw cacao has many health benefits associated with it such as; improved cardiovascular function, anti-inflammatory properties, lower blood pressure levels and even better mental clarity due to the release of neurotransmitters like serotonin which is a mood booster. This means that our raw organic dark chocolate bars could potentially help reduce depression symptoms by increasing one’s sense of well-being.
The raw dark chocolate benefits include anti-oxidants which can help keep free radicals under control while promoting cardiovascular health and lowering blood pressure. Drinking raw cocoa also has the potential to increase antioxidant levels in your body and strengthen natural defences against free radicals which could help reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease.
Raw chocolate, raw organic dark chocolate or raw cacao can all be super beneficial when it comes to improving mental health! The benefits include; increased serotonin release due to flavanols found in raw dark chocolates that helps promote a sense of well-being and alleviate stress & anxiety symptoms by releasing endorphins into the system – just like exercise does!
Additionally, raw cacao is high in L-Theanine which increases alpha brain waves leading you towards an improved meditative state resulting in clearer thought processes along with calmer nerves – this means raw dark chocolate could be a great alternative to those looking for an anti-depressant!
Raw cocoa powder contains some of the highest amounts of antioxidants which might explain why studies have shown that regular consumption can help reduce blood pressure levels. It’s also packed with magnesium which helps to relax muscles, making raw dark chocolate perfect after an intense workout or even before bedtime if you struggle with insomnia.
So, don’t think of raw chocolate as bad for your health – instead remember that it has lots of great benefits that can help to improve health and wellbeing!
Explore our range of organic flavanol rich dark chocolate at mrpoppleschocolate.co.uk