Did you know that chocolate can be both healthy and tasty at the same time? Dark chocolate without sugar is an excellent option for all chocolate lovers who want to enjoy the wonderful taste of chocolate.
In Europe, we have a long tradition of consuming sweet chocolate. Often with sugar and sometimes also with extra cocoa butter to make the chocolate more creamy and smooth in texture. We also like to flavor our chocolate with vanilla.
In industrial chocolate production, it is instead a matter of using more cocoa as a raw material to bring down the price of the final product. Then ingredients such as soy lecithin, sunflower lecithin, palm oil, cocoa fat and flavorings are often added.
But the fact is that it only takes one ingredient to make chocolate. Cocoa beans. By grinding the cocoa beans, the natural fats in each bean are released and after a while the grinding results in a liquid, smooth chocolate mass. In much the same way as you make peanut butter by grinding peanuts. But if you don't add anything else, the chocolate is completely unsweetened.
By using high-quality cocoa beans and handling them carefully through, for example, lighter roasting and sufficiently long conching (kneading) you can create a fantastically good and healthy dark chocolate where the bitterness is lower and the fruity flavors of the cocoa beans come to the fore.
Cocoa beans are naturally bitter in nature, but the bitterness is enhanced if the beans are dark roasted. We would also like to argue that the experience of bitterness is a matter of habit. When you get used to darker chocolate, you quickly get used to less sweetness.
Without sugar, chocolate is a real health product. Cacao beans are rich in antioxidants that help fight free radicals in the body and protect cells from damage. Dark chocolate is also known to improve mood and increase feelings of happiness by increasing the production of endorphins and serotonin in the brain.
In addition to these benefits, dark chocolate is also an excellent source of iron, magnesium and other important nutrients. And because dark chocolate has a lower glycemic index than regular milk chocolate, it doesn't affect blood sugar levels as much.
In conclusion, dark chocolate without sugar is a healthy and enjoyable treat that all chocolate lovers can enjoy.