There’s nothing like the smooth, rich taste of gourmet chocolate, and once you’ve had this tasty treat, regular chocolate will never taste the same. But what’s the difference between regular chocolate and gourmet?
One huge difference is - the chocolates made in gourmet establishments are, for the most part, handmade and not mass produced. The grocery store candy bars come whirling off the assembly line at breakneck speed. Therefore, more attention to detail is paid. Also, the gourmet type doesn’t have as many chemicals, flavorings, and other additives. It is this attention to detail and lack of additives that makes gourmet chocolate more healthy than regular chocolate.
Gourmet chocolate is made with real chocolate liquors, giving it a higher cocoa content than your average run of the mill candy. The cocoa is what imparts the health benefits. In fact, many new studies are finding that chocolate can be quite healthy for you - you just need to eat the right kinds and not overindulge.
Cocoa is a powerful antioxidant. In fact it has more antioxidant power than most foods. The more cocoa in your chocolate, the more the health benefits. So it stands to reason that gourmet chocolates
are much healthier as they contain on average about 70% cocoa as opposed to about 20% for regular chocolate.
Another great thing about chocolate is that it can be a great mood lifter since it contains tryptophan which can help your body make serotonin, a neurotransmitter that helps relay messages between nerve cells. This also helps lift your mood.
Today, modern science is dispelling a lot of the old myths that cast chocolate as the “bad guy”. For example, we now know that eating chocolate does not cause acne nor will it rot your teeth since it actually has properties that puts a damper on the bacteria produced by sugar that leads to cavities. It is also high in magnesium, potassium and vitamins E, D, B1 and B2.
All this makes a chocolate gift. One that offers immediate, delicious gratification, and also has long term implications for a healthy mind, body, and soul!