Sugar with spoon

Why we crave candy and sweets

Over at Organic Authority there’s a good quick article about the 4 most common reasons we crave sweets.

They break it down like so:

  1. Sugar is a drug (yep no surprise here!)
  2. Not getting enough protein in our diets (easy to fix)
  3. Used up all our willpower for the day (not so easy to fix!)
  4. Sweets and candy remind us of happy times (pretty easy to change associations over time and reprogram your mind)

We hope that the chocolate we make provides a good candy/sweets alternative for you, and that it can assist in making good choices on a daily basis about how much sugar you’re consuming.

To read the article, visit this link: https://www.organicauthority.com/health/why-you-crave-sugar-sweets

How are you doing with craving sweets and candy?

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.

Is Stevia an acquired taste?

Leaves from a Stevia plantOne of the problems that comes up when we do tastings is I get people who approach the booth then find out we use Stevia and say something to the effect of  “oh, I wish I could enjoy Stevia but it just doesn’t taste good to me!”

Taste buds can be a tricky thing, indeed. Sometimes I’m sad that people can’t enjoy our product because how the Stevia is interacting with their palate. To me, our chocolate tastes amazing–but that’s in part because I’m so used to Stevia and I don’t consume any refined sugars. When I think back to when I first tried our chocolate (on my first date with Lydia in 2013!), I do remember some aftertaste that I no longer detect. I wasn’t using stevia at the time, so it makes sense that it would taste a little different to me. But to be honest, the chocolate still tasted wonderful, even with this aftertaste!

If you can get to the point where Stevia tastes great, then you have a huge ally on your side when it comes to eating healthy and staying away from sugar.

If you’re on the fence about Stevia because it doesn’t taste great to you right away, it may be worth it to give it a chance for a little while and see if your palate can adjust. At a sampling recently I had a woman tell me that she couldn’t stand the taste of stevia when she first started working with it, but now she loves it and uses it all the time! So it is possible to experience a taste bud transformation like that.

Here’s a nice review that one of our customers left recently:

“My first time buying your 10 Pack Chocolate Bar Sampler, I liked the actual chocolate and different flavors, but the stevia was an acquired taste. My taste buds have adjusted and I now love these bars. For a comparison, I recently tried a chocolate bar made with sugar and dairy and it tasted terrible.”

Interesting! She went from the stevia being an acquired taste to then enjoying it and having sugar and dairy taste terrible in chocolate.

If you can get to the point where Stevia tastes great, then you have a huge ally on your side when it comes to eating healthy and staying away from sugar.

Chocolate makes you smarter, study suggests

Leaves and fruits of cocoa beans

The Telegraph reports on a study done that found people who eat chocolate at least once per week see their memory and abstract thinking improve. Of course we all knew this already, but it’s good to get some scientific evidence on the matter!

Interestingly, in 2014, a study also suggested that a diet rich in cocoa might help prevent dementia-like memory loss in elderly folks.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/health/news/12187042/Chocolate-makes-you-smarter-study-suggests.html

Almond Butter Cups and tea in the morning

Dark Chocolate Almond Butter CupThere’s nothing better than waking up and enjoying an almond butter cup with your tea in the morning. We do this often and find it’s a great way to set the day on a good course! The nice thing about our treats are that they don’t contain sugar so there’s no cravings triggered. When I eat one (or two! :)) Almond Butter cups I often feel satiated without the urge to keep eating more and more. This is something I notice with sugar. I call it “getting on the sugar train” and often that train leads to a crash. Much better to hop aboard the stevia train instead.

All aboard! Into stevialand we go. Where the taste may be aquired, but the grass is greener and the people are healthier.