New studies about eating dark chocolate

Researcher Lee S. Berk, DrPH over at Loma Linda University has presented some interesting (but not surprising!) findings on consumption of dark chocolate (at least 70% cacao).

The article talks about positive effects on:

  • Stress levels
  • Inflammation
  • Mood
  • Memory
  • Immunity

Additionally there were findings that cacao consumption up-regulates various pathways invovled in T-cell activation, immune response at a cellular level and genes involved in neural signaling including sensory perception (potentially associated with brain hyperplasticity).

Berk is quoted in the article saying:

“This is the first time that we have looked at the impact of large amounts of cacao in doses as small as a regular-sized chocolate bar in humans over short or long periods of time, and are encouraged by the findings. These studies show us that the higher the concentration of cacao, the more positive the impact on cognition, memory, mood, immunity and other beneficial effects.”

A pretty interesting study for all of us sugar-free chocolate lovers to consider!

Read the article here:
https://news.llu.edu/for-journalists/press-releases/new-studies-show-dark-chocolate-consumption-reduces-stress-and-inflammation-while-improving-memory-immunity-and-mood

Updated magnet!

New Magnet

Our new magnet design

Appearing soon as a magnet on a fridge near you (maybe?). New, updated typography evolved from the original magnet we give out free with our website orders.

 
It’s a simple reminder to treat yourself well by choosing foods that nourish rather than deplete. We all make these choices every day and it’s not always easy to pick the right foods. Sometimes it’s being in a bad mood, feeling out of alignment, or being overly challenged by life that can influence us to reach for something we know deep down isn’t going to benefit us in the long term.
 
We made this magnet in hopes that it could serve as a little reminder to choose to be kind to yourself each time you open the fridge door 🙂

Magnet on fridge

Our old magnet on a fridge

Product availability notifications are here

Lately we’ve been working around the clock just to keep up with the demand for our chocolate! Buttercups, especially have been going in and out of stock on our website, and it can be frustrating when your favorite treats aren’t available to buy.

Today we have a new feature which will let you get a one-time email notification the moment a treat goes back into stock on our website. Just visit the product details page for any treat that’s out of stock and put your email address in the “Get notified” box and click/tap the button. That’s it! When the product is available again, you’ll get a friendly email letting you know.

It’s a helpful tool we hope you’ll take advantage of. Let us know if you have any comments or suggestions as we’re always working to improve our website.

Chocolate for a Christmas stocking

We recently shipped chocolate to a mother in Texas who has a child with Type 1 diabetes. She was buying it as a gift for her kid’s stocking and was overjoyed that her package arrived in time.

It’s times like these when we remember why we do this. When running a small business feels overwhelming, we need a vacation and we start to complain about things, it’s important to remember the people we’re helping! And to be grateful that we have this opportunity to provide a unique food product that means so much to folks.

Happy Holidays 🙂

Sugar is Sugar! Know thy label.

When we’re at the store and needing to pick up some kind of “grab and go” item, the first thing our eye goes to is the nutrition facts label and the “Sugars” section. Is it 0g? or 15g? Even over 1 or 2g of sugars per serving can cause some undesirable effects, triggering cravings, candida reactions or knock you out of ketosis if you’re on a Ketogenic diet.

It’s also interesting how food manufacturers have found ways to hide sugar in the ingredients list. Or how alternative sugars are thought to be “healthy for you” even though they still contain fructose in similar quantities to table sugar!

In this healthline article titled The 56 Most Common Names for Sugar, the author talks about the myriad of names sugar goes by. It’s a tricky little substance that likes to hide behind different masks.

It’s always good to pay attention to the difference between added sugar and naturally occurring sugars from fruit, coconut or nuts. Some of us on sugar restricted diets need to avoid both kinds of sugar, but generally the naturally occurring sugars are much healthier because they’re showing up in the way nature intended—in proper proportion to fiber and other nutrients.

Next time you’re at the store for a quick packaged something-or-other, keep a close eye on that label. You probably already do, so maybe this is just to reaffirm that practice.