Chocolates have often got the short end of the stick when it comes to eating healthy. Even though they are often classified as an unhealthy snack, these sweet goodies can actually be quite beneficial for your mental and physical wellbeing.
Some studies have shown that dark chocolates can improve your skin, lower cholesterol, heart diseases and even help you work out better. Pranav Sharma and Kritik Thakur, co-founders of Awsum, an Ayurveda inspired functional chocolate brand share some common myths that are sure to pique your sweet tooth!
Myth: Chocolate lacks health benefits.
Fact: "Chocolate is a superfood. Many studies have shown that dark chocolate plays a vital role in managing heart health. It is a rich source of antioxidants, magnesium and zinc. It also works well to reduce inflammation in the body."
Myth: Chocolate leads to weight gain.
Fact: "People think that eating chocolates lead to weight gain but that is not entirely true. Chocolates can be quite high in calories because of their high fat and sugar content. However, dark chocolate with more percentage of cocoa is usually low on sugar and fat and, is a healthier option. As with everything, eat chocolate in moderation to reap its benefits for your mental and cardiovascular health."
Myth: Chocolate is bad for children.
Fact: "It is widely believed that chocolates are not good for children and may lead to many health problems. However, what we need to understand is that most of the chocolates available in the market are loaded with sugar and a negligible amount of cocoa, the actual beneficial ingredient. So, read the ingredient labels to introduce dark chocolates with a decent amount of cocoa to children so that they can savour the taste and get healthy too!"
The benefits of chocolates can be amplified when combined with other beneficial ingredients. Take a cue from Pranav and Kritik, who have created a wellness bar that combines the goodness of chocolate with the benefits of Ayurvedic herbs.
"When it comes to food products the taste is the key that separates it from the usual health supplements. Everyone loves eating chocolates. So, it is the best way to introduce wholesome Ayurvedic herbs to your daily diet. After many trials, we were able to strike the perfect balance between taste and health benefits. So, our consumers are not only able to witness the functionality of the chocolate but they also reach out to us appreciating the taste of the chocolates as well," they say.
Well, now you know!