Dee's Blog

16.06.2015

RAW CHOCOLATE

Box Of Chocs

A recent study from the University of Aberdeen, the results of which have been published in the British Medical Journal's "Heart" magazine, has looked at the eating habits of more than 20,000 middle-aged and elderly people, and concluded that eating a moderate amount of chocolate a day may lower the risk of heart disease and stroke.

Great news for all chocolate fans out there, indeed. However, I would add that it is important to eat the right kind of chocolate. A lot of the widely available chocolate bars that we can easily buy in shops actually have a very low cocoa content and are packed with added milk powder and sugar. Not so good.

Cacao is a superfood and has been cultivated for thousands of years in Mexico and South America where it would have been eaten raw. In conventional chocolate, the cocoa beans are cooked and, in doing so, they lose a lot of their beneficial effects. Raw chocolate is an excellent, and very tasty, way to eat chocolate because it comes straight from the tree to the bar with no roasting thus retaining all its nutritional complexity. And it really is a powerhouse of good stuff containing, as it does, huge sources of Calcium, Zinc and Magnesium. As if that wasn’t enough, it can reduce appetite, which makes it an excellent weight loss tool, as well as having powerful fat burning qualities which are lost in cooked chocolate

If you need even more excuses to eat raw chocolate, it acts as an anti-depressant and balances the mood and, to top it all, it is ethically sourced and supports the communities that produce it.

So, what are you waiting for? Get munching!

 

 

D. ATKINSON HERBALIST stocks the following chocolate products:

 

OMBAR SUPERFOOD PROBIOTIC ORGANIC CHOCOLATE BARS

PACARI ECUADORIAN ORGANIC CHOCOLATE

LOVECHOCK ORGANIC RAW CHOCOLATE NIBS

BOOJA BOOJA

MONTEZUMA

OCELOT CHOCOLATE

 

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Dee Atkinson MNIMH

Dee is one of the UK's top herbalists and owns and runs D. Atkinson Herbalist in Edinburgh - a herbal dispensary and shop which provide a wide range of herbal medicines, vitamins, supplements, herbal skincare as well as a herbal dispensary. Next door is Napiers Clinic.

Dee qualified as a Medical Herbalist in 1988 and took over Napiers the Herbalists in 1990, building it up into one of the UKs most respected and trusted Complementary Medicine Clinics.

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