Quit Sugar, Not Chocolate

Quit Sugar, Not Chocolate

Author -  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.

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 range of dark chocolate is sugar-free, gluten-free and contains no artificial colours, flavours, sweeteners, or preservatives. Healtheries Classic Dark Chocolate with a rich cocoa finish and Salted Caramel Dark Chocolate with salty sweet satisfaction are both sugar-free and naturally sweetened with Stevia.
  • Healtheries No-Added-Sugar Milk Chocolate with an irresistibly smooth centre is also sweetened with Stevia and contains only 1 gram of sugars (lactose) per bar, which is naturally occurring from milk. With 90% less sugar than regular milk chocolate you can be rest assured your sugar intake is significantly reduced, without compromising on taste. No Added Sugar Milk Choc Hazelnut is our latest edition to the range. This irresistibly smooth, hazelnut flavoured milk chocolate is an indulgent treat that is sure to satisfy the taste buds. 

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.

  1. Haytowitz, D.B., Bhagwat, S. (2010). USDA Database for the Oxygen Radical Absorbance Capacity (ORAC) of Selected Foods, Release 2. Nutrient Data Laboratory. US Department of Agriculture.
  2. World Health Organisation. (2015). Sugars intake for adults and children. Retrieved from http://www.who.int/nutrition/publications/en/
  3. Mann, J., Cummings, J. H., Englyst H, N., et al. (2007). FAO/WHO Scientific Update on carbohydrates in human nutrition: conclusions. European Journal of Clinical Nutrition. 61 (1), 132-137.
 
 
 
 
 

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