Confectionary Arts is in the process of replacing sugar in chocolate and producing our own sugar free chocolate, that is clean label that tastes the same as a conventional chocolate made sugar, that does not contain maltitol, xythiol, polydextrose and sucralose common sweeteners in sugar free chocolate.
Cacao, the source of chocolate, contains antibacterial agents that fight tooth decay. Of course, this is counteracted by the high sugar content in the chocolate. Chocolate contains phenyl ethylamine, a mood stimulator. The smell of chocolate may increase their brain waves, resulting in relaxation. The carbohydrates in chocolate raise serotonin levels in the brain, resulting
in a sense of overall well-being.
The cocoa butter in chocolate contains oleic acid, a mono-unsaturated fat and raises good cholesterol. Studies have determined that eating dark chocolate that has a minimum of 70% cocoa butter content daily can reduce blood pressure and lower the bad cholesterol up to 10%, men who eat chocolate live a year longer than those who don't. Chocolate increase antioxidant levels in the blood.
Dark chocolate contain significant levels of polyphenol antioxidants, beneficial molecules similar to those found in red wine, fruits and vegetables that may help reduce the risk of heart disease. These benefits are from flavonoids, which act as antioxidants. Antioxidants protect the body from aging caused by free radicals, which can cause damage that leads to heart disease.
Dark chocolate with 70% cocoa butter content contains a large number of antioxidants (nearly 8 times the number found in strawberries), Flavonoids also help relax blood pressure through the production of nitric oxide, and balance certain hormones in the body.
It takes only a 6.3 gram serving of dark chocolate per day - only 30 calories worth - to lower blood pressure. In the study, researchers from the University Hospital in Cologne, Germany. This isn't the first study to demonstrate chocolate's ability to reduce elevated blood pressure. In 2005, Italian researchers reported that eating a daily close (100 grams) of dark chocolate.
Dark chocolate's heart healthy effects are thought to be due to the action of flavonoids, natural compounds in cocoa beans which give dark chocolates its bittersweet taste. If you're planning to add dark chocolate to your diet; dark chocolate tends to have 30 to 40% cocoa butter and white chocolate contains none.