How can chocolate be healthy?

Now that the festive season is near, don't we all love to indulge in a little treat? I totally do! But with commercial chocolates being usually full of refined sugars, highly processed, made with cheap hydrogenated vegetable fats with devastating health implications and very poor nutrient value, we are often plagued by massive guilt when indulging in this sweet 'treat'.

There is good news and there's not so good news. Let's start with latter. Scientific fact is, the the refined white sugar contained in commercial chocolate further depletes the body of vital nutrients including magnesium, vitamin C and B vitamins and leaves chocoholics wanting more and more of this 'so called chocolate' to satisfy their cravings.⁠ So a vicious cycle starts.


In it’s raw, untampered state, the cacao bean is one of the most nutrient-dense foods known to man making it a premium source of minerals, vitamins, antioxidants, protein and healthy fats.⁠ But to commercialise it, the ingredients are so highly processed and diluted that little goodness remains.

Raw cacao is one of the best known dietary sources of magnesium and sulphur (fabulous for our heart health and skin) and also contains significant amounts of iron, phosphorus and the B vitamins. It contains nearly twice the amount of antioxidants found in red wine and three times that found in green tea. Overall, the antioxidant level in raw cacao powder is at least 7 times higher than in normal dark chocolate!!⁠

Cacao is in fact the only food other than cannabis to contain the 'bliss chemical' anandamide and also contains serotonin – an essential feel-good substance.⁠ It is one of the best dietary sources of arginine, an amino acid - also known as nature’s Viagra. ⁠

As raw chocolate is so concentrated, our cravings are satisfied much quicker and so a little goes a long way!⁠

What's not to like!?! And the other great news is - it is soooo easy to make yourself! It would make a perfect healthy & nutritious homemade Christmas present under any chocolate lover's tree.⁠

Last time I ran this course, I had Catherine, a ‘convicted’ chocoholic, in my session who had abstained from commercial chocolates for 15 years because she couldn’t control herself around it. She found a new lease of her chocolate life in the course:

“As a lifelong chocoholic I have struggled for years with my addiction and was forced to give up chocolate altogether as a drastic measure. I managed to do that for 15 years and then went back to eating shop-bought high sugar chocolate and I felt so guilty. Then along came Kristin's chocolate making course and I jumped at the chance of learning more about how to make chocolate. It was a great session. I never realised natural Chocolate was so easy to make! Once I had the basic recipe and method I could experiment with adding different flavours, fruits and nuts. It felt wonderful eating homemade chocolate knowing that it was made of natural ingredients with no extra sugars and additives AND it tasted great too. Oh and the added benefit was that it was GUILT FREE. I made extras for people and gave them as presents which went down very well!”

Lou from the Lake District used to have her absolute shop-bought favourites until the course changed her mind forever:

"Wow, that chocolate is lovely! I wasn't sure if I would like it as I'm a Cadbury girl, but I would happily switch. :-)"

But it’s not just chocoholics who benefit from this course. Learning to make your own healthy chocolates benefits entire families and gives children a chance to learn a vital skill that will allow them to enjoy their own homemade, healthy creations for a liftime. Nicole, mum of 2 year old Mya, was keen to get a new skill under her motherly too lbelt that will allow her and her daughter to enjoy guilt-free and nutritious sweet treats:

“As someone who is always looking for alternative ways of cooking that are nutrient dense I found the session on raw chocolate making invaluable not only for myself but for my daughter too. We both love 'choccies' but I don't want them full of sugar and detrimental to our gut health so learning from the fabulously knowledgeable Kristin, this course was fantastic in learning about how I could make my own at home. I think it's so important that we take stock of how we make things and I love how easy Kristin puts things across and makes recipes and ways to be easy and accessible for busy mum's like myself. I can't wait to do more and learn more.”

If you'd like to learn more about how to make healthy raw chocolate (which is vegan by the way ;) you are invited to join my chocolate making online class on Friday 2nd December 2020 at 8pm GMT. It's the only one I am holding this year. So come along and learn how to make some easy, super healthy and delicious chocolates with me!⁠

Find out more via the event link. I'd love to see you there!

Love Kristin xx

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