The Health Benefits of Dark Chocolate
Origin chocolate is made from 100% ethically sourced ingredients that are ground together using a traditional method, our chocolate is minimally processed therefore retaining all of the amazing nutritional qualities that the cacao bean is renowned for. Origin Chocolate take pride in producing chocolate of the highest nutritional quality that tastes absolutely amazing, this is ‘real’ chocolate at its finest.
DAIRY, SOY & GLUTEN FREE
Our Chocolate is completely vegan-friendly. It contains no dairy, lactose, soy, soy lecithin, wheat, or gluten. Origin dark chocolate poses no risk to sufferers of lactose intolerance, soy allergy, or Celiac disease. Our chocolate contains many of the vitamins and minerals that are essential to good health, including iron, calcium, phosphorus, potassium, and the vitamins A, B1, C, D, and E. And chocolate has more magnesium than any other food. Being dairy free, our chocolate is also 100% vegan-friendly!
Chocolate contains a high level of antioxidants in the form of flavonols. Oxidation reactions can produce free radicals, which start chain reactions that damage cells. Antioxidants have the effect of slowing or preventing this oxidation, reducing cell damage. Specific antioxidant levels in chocolate can vary widely based on many factors. The standard measure of antioxidants in food is called ORAC, or oxygen radical absorption capacity. Our 80% Dark Bar has 41800 μ mol TE/100g. This is VERY high for a chocolate bar – for example, Himalayan Goji Berries, famed for being a “superfood”, have an ORAC value 0 μ mol TE/100g.
CAFFEINE & THEOBROMINE
Caffeine is the world’s most widely consumed psychoactive substance – a plant-derived alkaloid that stimulates the central nervous system. There is a great deal of misinformation on the Internet regarding the presence of caffeine in chocolate. For the record, there is a small amount of caffeine in chocolate. More importantly, chocolate contains another psychoactive alkaloid called theobromine, in quantities anywhere from 2 to 5 times greater than its caffeine content. Theobromine, while chemically similar to caffeine, has a “long, gentler high” in comparison, and is believed to be non-addictive. Theobromine reduces blood pressure by stimulating the heart and dilating blood vessels. The alkaloid has also been shown to reduce cough more effectively than codeine and to help in the treatment of asthma (by relaxing smooth muscle tissue).
CHOCOLATE & CARDIOVASCULAR HEALTH
Our Chocolate is made from cacao, a plant product, and contains no dairy. As such, all our products are cholesterol free. On paper, chocolate, because of its cocoa butter, is high in saturated fat (about 2/3 of the total fat). However, the saturated fat in chocolate is about one-part stearic acid to one part of palmitic acid. Stearic acid has been shown to be cholesterol neutral, meaning it does not affect levels of either HDL (“good”) or LDL (“bad”) cholesterol. The remaining fat (about 1/3 of the total) is oleic acid, which is a healthy monounsaturated fat also found in high concentrations in olive oil.
In addition, semisweet chocolate has been shown to suppress platelet activation thereby increasing blood flow. And studies have indicated that chocolate may relax vascular tissue and blood vessel walls, also aiding in general cardiovascular health and is friendly for diabetics.