Isn't it weird how some people think chocolate makes them fat? Or even feel guilty about eating chocolate!?
Those people who believe chocolate will make them fat, throw the baby out with the bathwater. What they don't know is that chocolate itself (cacao) has been shown to help people lose weight and that it's really the refined sugar, dairy (processed milk powder, cream, butter etc) and other non cacao "fillers" in most chocolate that cause weight gain.
Have you ever noticed how diet drinks promote chocolate? They'd love for you to believe that they are doing you some sort of big favor by adding chocolate to their drink, but in reality they do it because studies show chocolate actually helps people boost their metabolism and lose weight.
A recent study published in the Archives of Internal Medicine tracked 1,000 adults and found that the people who ate chocolate more regularly had a lower BMI (Body Mass Index).
On average the people who enjoyed chocolate regularly weighed 5lbs less than those who didn’t.
Here are some possible reasons why, according to David Katz, MD, MPH, director of the Yale Prevention Research Center:
1. "Dark chocolate is bittersweet. Whereas sweet stimulates appetite, bitter actually suppresses it. So the benefit comes from eating dark chocolate in particular."
2. "It’s high in (good) fat, a quality that slows digestion and helps curb appetite longer."
3. "Chocolate also has a little caffeine. Caffeine revs metabolism, increasing the number of calories the body burns at rest."
We recommend 70% cacao content or higher- A general rule of thumb is that the higher the cacao content the better it is for you. All our chocolates are made with 81% dark chocolate.
Enjoy the good stuff, you deserve it ;)
Matthew & Daniel
PS. Has good dark chocolate supported you in losing weight or staying in your ideal range? If so please leave a comment below and share your story.
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A Mexican woman who is believed to be the oldest human ever, turned 127 earlier this year and has claimed chocolate is to credit for her longevity.
Leandra Becerra Lumbreras was born on August 31, 1887 and has lived through every historical event of the last century. She was 27 at the beginning of World War I and 82 when man first set foot on the moon.
Leandra with great great grand child (Photo: El Horizonte)
Her family says that chocolate is the key to her long life, as well as getting lots of sleep, never getting married and keeping busy.
"She was still sewing and weaving until about two years ago... She never ceased to be active." granddaughter Miriam Alvear, 43, told El Horizonte.
"She is entirely lucid. She blows your mind with stories from the revolution," Lumbreras's granddaughter told El Horizonte.
The former seamstress has 73 great-grandchildren and 55 great-great-grandchildren.
What do you think about this story and do you believe chocolate can help you live a longer life, if so why? Leave a comment below and let us know.
Do you struggle with having enough time to enjoy a healthy & nourishing breakfast everyday?
If so, check out my video below for the ultimate morning smoothie recipe. It's rich in protein, vitamins, minerals and will keep you charged for hours. It's incredibly delicious and takes 5 minutes or less!
Also make sure to leave a comment below and let me know how you like it.
Did you know your nose can identify over 10,000 different smells? Did you a know a woman's sense of smell is generally better than a man's? One of the most miraculous things about smell is that it is responsible for over 80% of what you taste!
It's so easy to take smell and taste for granted- Though, imagine how dull life would be without being able to smell the sweet musk of red roses or the scent on your lover's neck. Imagine biting into your favorite food in the world and tasting nothing but bland texture.
Luckily we get to experience the joy of taste & smell every day. In honor of National Sense of Smell Day on April 26th (yes, this is a real holiday) we wanted to suggest a few chocolates that celebrate the simple beauty of taste and smell.
This is a new life experience truffle- A silky smooth chocolate ganache with bright notes of tangerine & the vanilla honey flavor of fresh bee pollen. It's then drenched in 81% dark chocolate and sprinkled with more local bee pollen. Taste here.
This decadent fudge truffle is infused with organic raspberries. This classic, heavenly combination of bright raspberries & dark chocolate will bring you to a new level of bliss. Taste here.
The rose is floral, sweet and heart opening. Each truffle is infused with two roses- As this silky smooth truffle melts in your mouth, your whole body will relax into blissful love & radiance. Have a moment to stop and taste the roses, you deserve it. Taste here.
Wishing you a happy Sense of Smell Day filled with your favorite scents and smells.
Great news! A new study published in the Archives of Internal Medicine tracked 1000 adults and found that the people who eat chocolate more regularly on average weigh 5lbs less than those who don't.
Here are three reasons why according to David Katz, MD, MPH, director of the Yale Prevention Research Center:
1. Dark chocolate is bittersweet. Whereas sweet stimulates appetite, bitter actually suppresses it. So the benefit comes from eating dark chocolate in particular.
2. Chocolate also has a little caffeine. Caffeine revs metabolism, increasing the number of calories the body burns at rest.
3. It's high in good fat, a quality that slows digestion and helps curb appetite longer.
Many customers tell us that our chocolate has helped them lose weight, because it truly satisfies their cravings and helps them stay away from addictive & unhealthy junk food.
Here are our top three recommendations to support you in feeling great, burning belly fat and staying away from addictive junk foods in the new year.
The After Dark Truffle is the darkest truffle we've ever created. It's sprinkled with unsweetened chunks of 100% pure cacao and drenched in 81% dark chocolate. Click here to have it now.
A square a day keeps the doctor away. A quarter pound of 81% dark chocolate, perfect for emergencies and to replace any old junk food still laying around the house. Click here to have it in your chocolate drawer.
Sip rich, frothy and delicious low glycemic hot cocoa after your yoga workout or a frosty winter hike. Click here to have it in your cupboard.
Make the investment in yourself, you deserve it. When those junk food cravings come, it will feel so good having a delicious piece of low glycemic dark chocolate melting on your tongue- While your whole body relaxes into feeling completely satisfied. Click here to get some now. If for any reason you're not completely satisfied with your order, let us know within 30 days and we'll give you your money back.
Wishing you a prosperous new year filled with love, health & happiness.
This recipe is an amazingly easy and delicious alternative to dairy whipped cream. It's great for desserts, strawberries, iced cocoa, pancakes, and whatever else you love to put whipped cream on! Enjoy!
Step 1. Put a can of full cream coconut milk in the fridge overnight, the cream will float to the top. The above brands worked the best in our test recipes- Native Forest is available at Whole Foods and Aroy-D is available at most Asian markets.
Step 2. Scoop the cream off the top into a chilled mixing bowl. Save the coconut water below for smoothies.
Step 3. You should have about a half cup of coconut cream from the can, add 2 teaspoons Vanilla Palm Syrup. Can substitute honey or maple Syrup.
Most people aren't aware that there are an estimated 1.8 million children involved in growing cacao in West Africa, which is where most of the world's cacao comes from. In Côte d'Ivoire (Africa’s Ivory Coast), the 2nd largest exporter of cacao, there are estimates of up to 200,000 children who are victims of slavery & trafficking. Young children who work on cacao farms are much less likely to get an education; they are often injured from using sharp machete's to crack the cacao pods and from hauling heavy bags of cacao.
This is a major problem in the world of chocolate and imparts bitterness in what should be a blissfully sweet experience. The largest chocolate manufacturers in the world like Hershey’s, Mars & Nestle contribute to this problem by buying massive quantities of cheap cacao beans at rock bottom prices. This forces cacao farmers in poor countries to cut wages & benefits to their workers and unfortunately some resort to using child labor. The end result is a cheap price at the register for the uninformed consumer, but the real price is poverty and bondage for our brothers, sisters & children on the other side of the world.
Ok so you're probably thinking that this really sucks and wondering how you can make sure your chocolate isn't made with child labor. The good news is that you can help put an end to this, here's two things you can do right now.
1) Stop buying chocolate made with child labor. Spread the word and inform your friends and family about the real cost of buying cheap chocolate from companies like Hershey’s, Mars & Nestle. Buy fairly traded chocolate and only buy chocolate from companies you trust. If you're not sure, ask companies where their cacao comes from. If it comes from West Africa or Côte d'Ivoire it should be a red flag. If they don't know where it comes from this is also a red flag.
2) Be honest with your kids about the problem, the vast majority of cheap candy uses cacao that is grown & harvested by exploited workers & children. When kids are told the truth it empowers them to make better decisions.
Where your Coracao Confections Chocolate comes from...
Coracao Confections sources your chocolate from small farms in Peru & Ecuador that treat their adult farmers fairly and pay them above market prices. The cacao farming conditions overall are much better in South America and the quality of the beans are extraordinary. The chocolate flavor is deep, dark and delicious. The happy brain chemicals are remarkably potent and you can feel the happiness in every bite.
You as a consumer have the power to vote with your dollars and choose chocolate that is good for you, good for the planet, and good for the farmers who grow it. If you, your friends and family choose to only support companies that source fairly, it would literally help end the problem overnight. That’s why we offer quality chocolate that leaves you feeling radiant & nourished. Quality that gives you the long lasting energy you deserve. Quality that truly satisfies you and puts an end to those pesky sugar cravings. Quality that saves you money in the long run by avoiding unnecessary visits to the doctor & dentist. Quality that makes you feel happy, because you know you're eating real food, prepared and sourced the way it should be- Naturally, with love & care and made with cacao that's grown by adult farmers who are paid fairly.
Wow what a ride it has been the last few months! Thank you for choosing to pick up Coracao chocolates online, for coming out to the Farmer’s Markets, for spreading the word about Coracao on your social networks and for all the positive ideas & words you've shared with us. I feel so blessed and grateful for all the love and support Coracao has received.
After I sent out the last blog post I got an unexpected call from OBDC small business finance in Oakland. They gave Coracao a loan back in 2008 to help purchase our enrobing machine (which is basically an automatic truffle dipper). They called & wanted to support and are giving Coracao a loan! So rare for a lender or bank to help a business out when they need it most. What an amazing organization that really cares. They support many businesses around the bay, if you're looking for funding for your own business or know someone who is, they are a wonderful organization to reach out to.
Coracao is here to stay! We'll be bringing you even more delicious & nutritious creations to nourish your body & delight your taste buds.
Cooking, creating and sharing delicious food is my true love & my art. It's been almost four and a half years, but I'm back in the kitchen creating new flavors & items for you. I'm having a blast and am inspired & grateful to be able to continue serving you. Keep your eye out and your taste buds ready for some really fun, new items that will be debuting in the coming months...
With love, Daniel
PS. Follow Coracao on Instagram, clickhereto see yummy chocolate photos and some behind the scenes pics.
PPS. Coracao Turned 5 in August. Check out the photo of Matthew and I celebrating with a delicious cashew & raspberry cheesecake from his book Sweet Gratitude!
PPPS. Leave a comment or question below, I see and answer them all personally!
We make healthy versions of your favorite junk food chocolates a long with new life experience flavors. Everything is made with unroasted cacao and the most pure & organic ingredients possible. It's also dairy free, gluten free, soy free, low glycemic and most importantly, soul satisfyingly DELICIOUS!
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