“ Antioxidant-rich chocolate „
I first became aware of this chocolate when I read an online article about it some months ago. As a lover of dark chocolate it attracted me as it was marketed as being a very healthy food with as many antioxidants as a pile of sprouts. Incredible I thought- fancy being able to enjoy chocolate knowing it might be doing you some good! I do enjoy sprouts but they aren't really in the same pleasure league are they?
Antioxidants are groups of minerals and vitamins which are thought to neutralize free radicals sometimes called mopping up. These free radicals are chemicals which are dangerous and may be implicated in the development of some cancers and circulatory disorders. So although there are good chemicals present in brightly coloured foods such as orange peppers, there are as many in cocoa beans which are particularly full of a certain type of antioxidant called flavanols. In Choxi in just two squares it is claimed that there are as many flavanols as present in two bowls of blueberries, 1lb Brussels sprouts or 3 large oranges. Choxi also contains epicatechin which is a potent antioxidant and this is currently being researched at the University Of Harvard Medical School. Choxi has 3 times the antioxidants found in ordinary chocolate.
I picture these little squares of chocolate travelling round the body like little hairy mops hoovering up all the bad chemicals and sweeping up all the nasties. It's a fantastic scene- intelligent chocolate on a mission!
2 squares of Choxi is only 50 calories so it is easy to incorporate this into your daily diet without adding too many calories. If you don't normally eat chocolate you could swap the calories with a small biscuit so you don't add more into your diet, or maybe have half a slice of bread less each day. Otherwise if like me you enjoy chocolate you could substitute it sometimes for your other favourites.
The bars come in 4 flavours milk, dark orange and mint and I have tried them all. The price is 1.95 for 70g and I purchase mine in Tesco, but smaller bars are also available in Boots for 90p for 20g- but brilliantly these are now included in the meal deals so buying them this way makes them good value.
It is great because if you don't like dark chocolate you can pick one of the other flavours which are also high in flavanols.
My favourite has to be the dark version. It has a rich creamy flavour and is like a dark galaxy. I just love the idea it is doing me good since it's a lot more fun than a bowl of sprouts. It does say on the website though that it shouldn't be eaten instead of your 5 a day portions of fruit and veg so I can't get carried away. The dark chocolate is 63% and is made in a factory which also prepares nuts so if you have a nut allergy it isn't suitable.
On the down side it has 36.7g fat per 100g and a whopping 23g of this is saturates. It goes without saying that it is not a low fat food and so whatever it claims to be it isn't slimming.
Incidentally other foods containing antioxidants in good levels include red wine (sounds good to me!) fruit, veg, cranberry juice, and freshly made coffee.
The chocolate contains these high levels because of the way it is processed and this remains a secret known only to the makers who are Prestat.
So in conclusion as part of a healthy diet it may be an advantage to include 2 squares of this chocolate each day. If it helps to prevent cancer or heart disease and strokes then so much the better and what an enjoyable way to do it!
My mum has been suffering the effects of a major stroke for the last eighteen months and is severely disabled. If this chocolate could have helped to lessen the possibility of her suffering this then I think it has to be considered, because the lifestyle mum now has is only a fraction of what she previously enjoyed.
My only thought is that I feel we are bombarded by advice- eat this or that and you'll live to 100. My gran did -mostly trifle and got her telegram from the queen. She stuffed down all the wrong things and was blissfully happy, so who knows what she would have made of chocolates with flavanols- probably nothing!
However as science advances it may be prudent to think about the latest research and to act on it if it seems harmless to do so, and being given permission to indulge in guilt free chocolate has to be for me a joy!
Absolutely stunning both dark and milk. really smooth and full flavours. has more antioxidants (naturally!) than any other food so this really is a superfood! And made by Prestat, chocolatiers to The Queen, so it's got a great heritage. It's available at the larger Waitrose, Tesco and apparently will be in Sainsbury and Ocado in January 2009. There are five bars at present: Dark, Dark with Oriental Mint, Dark with Ginger, Milk and Milk with Sweet Orange. You only need to eat 10g of the Dark chocolate a day to get your required hit of antioxidants and that's only 51 calories, same as an apple. It can and should be part of a balanced diet and that's brilliant: chocolate as it should be. We've all heard that chocolate can be good for you and this is why! Prestat call it a Positive Indulgence and I can understand why. Yummy yummy! lol