Delectable, smooth, sweet, calming… ahhhh, that’s the goodness chocolate can bring. Be it a bar or a drink, chocolate can indeed make a person’s day complete. From toddlers to grandmothers, chocolate is truly a treat to beat. It is not called “happy hormones” for nothing. However, there are people who have health conditions or dietary preferences that forbid them to enjoy chocolate. But there are health by chocolate related recipes we may be unaware of that would be heaven sent for people with specific health conditions.
Making chocolates health-sensitive
Most chocolate-related recipes make use of readily-available chocolate sugar-loaded dairy products. Because of this, chocolate products are limited to people without restrictions in their diet. However, with today’s relatively unhealthy population, the chocolate industry may be missing out, if they do not make their products more health-sensitive.
Apparently, the profit from marketing sugar-loaded dairy products makes it difficult for them to give up their market share in favour of health-friendly chocolate products. Recently, we have witnessed the birth of many health-conscious chocolate products or chocolate recipes which are not just limited to the usual sugar-free or diabetic-friendly options.
Allergies to Milk or Chocolates
If you have an allergic reactions to milk you can now enjoy Milk-Free Hot Chocolate. Just make sure to purchase a chocolate mix that is dairy-free such as Vance’s. This dairy-free mixture is a corn derivative. To add creaminess to your drink, you may add in vanilla extract or marshmallows.
If a brownie bar is a dream which you cannot have because of its corn, dairy, wheat content or even gluten, then consider the following. You may now bake allergy-free brownies by substituting with bananas, vegetable oil, potato and brown rice flour instead to the usual ingredients used in baking brownies.
Chocolates for vegetarians
Vegetarians say they cannot eat chocolate because it is a dairy food and it contains eggs. There are chocolates which are now commercially available that claim to be vegetarian friendly as they do not contain eggs and dairy food. These chocolates are diabetic friendly and are available in different flavours e.g. mint, spicy, pure dark, vanilla bean, citrus and chocolate coconut. Other flavours include pink peppercorn, chocolate crisps, chocolate toasted almond and pure dark organic.
Chocolates, a natural anti-oxidant
Chocolate is a natural anti-oxidant. Also, if you combine it with green tea, then its anti-oxidant power improves greatly. This is especially helpful to help fight our body intoxicating agents found in the various foods we eat.
There are also chocolates which claim to be “green”. They are not only health friendly but environment friendly as well. These are chocolates from organically grown cocoa beans. Synthetic fertilizers are not used in the processing these types of chocolates. Preservatives are also not used.
Furthermore, chocolates have certain ingredients which can help lower blood pressure, cholesterol and can help with blood-thinning. This is a great advantage when using chocolate in various recipes.
Chocolate is now more available for everyone, even if they have special health conditions and dietary considerations. So, why wouldn’t you try concocting some chocolate-related recipes at home, right now.