Jenna Walker - Nutritionist
Chocolate, the creamy rich treat we all indulge in from time-to-time. Whether your preferred style of chocolate is milk, dark, high cocoa or white, it seems the joy of an occasional chocolate treat can sometimes be overshadowed by a hint of guilt.
Chocolate, the creamy rich treat we all indulge in from time-to-time. Whether your preferred style of chocolate is milk, dark, high cocoa or white, it seems the joy of an occasional chocolate treat can sometimes be overshadowed by a hint of guilt. If chocolate is treated as an occasional food, then it should be savoured so the satisfaction of chocolate’s flavour and texture can be fully appreciated. Portion control and eating mindfully are two other ways to help reduce any guilt associated with a chocolate treat.
Milk chocolate combines the creamy texture of milk with the richness and flavour of cocoa, a well-known antioxidant (1.). To balance and compliment the taste of cocoa, sweetness in the form of sugar is usually added when making any variety of chocolate. The World Health Organisation (WHO) has recommended that we half our sugar intake, from 20% of our total energy intake down to 10%, and 5% would be even better when we’re talking about ‘free’ or ‘added’ sugars (2.). Free sugars can include simple sugars which may be added to foods during manufacture, cooking, or in the home, as well as sugars naturally present in honey, syrups and fruit juices (3.).We agree that people should be aware of sugars and look for ways to reduce the added or free sugars in their diet. If you are conscious of your sugar intake but your preferred indulgent treat is chocolate, then why not look for a no-added-sugar and sugar-free version?
Healtheries chocolate range offers you an indulgent treat option with 100% of the taste you want - without the guilt of additional free sugars. We recommend enjoying each bite sized piece of your calorie-controlled treat within a healthy, sensible, balanced diet.
Thursday, 14 January 2016