3 Things To Know Before Buying A 10ghc Bar Of Chocolate

Chocolate consumption over the years has seen some steady increase in view of work done by relevant authorities and health experts in communicating its positive effect on the health and mood of consumers.

Ghanaians have even adapted to celebrating 14th February not just as a Vals Day but as a Chocolate Day as well.

In Ghana, 14th February is a National Chocolate Day!

Photo credit: Ghana Cocoa Board

Chocolate in the past has been seen as a food for gods. Also, only high class citizens could afford this treat in the past .

Till date, some refer to it as a luxury product due to its relatively high price when compared with other confectionery products.

Many stakeholders in the food and health sector are encouraging citizens to eat chocolate as part of an everyday diet and not just during occasions.

Looking at the current economy, and spike in prices of goods on the market, it is just right to put some consideration in what you spend your hard earned resources on.

Below are 3 quick things to look out for when buying any chocolate treat.

1. % Cocoa

What’s the point in spending so much on a product if it has no nutritive value.

A quality chocolate bar should have a minimum of 30% cocoa content.

Remember that chocolate is made up of cocoa and other ingredients.

The higher the cocoa content, the higher it’s benefits.

The cocoa component in chocolate are usually one or more of the following; cocoa masse (also referred to as cocoa liquor), cocoa butter, and cocoa powder.

Chocolate bars high in cocoa content will have any of these ingredients amongst the first 3 ingredients indicated on the product’s packaging.

2. Type of fat used

Out of the cocoa bean, we extract cocoa butter. Cocoa butter is classified as a semi finished product of cocoa and earns huge revenue for the cocoa industry.

Cocoa butter is an expensive ingredient and therefore many chocolate manufacturers sometimes substitute it with other cheaper oils.

Cocoa butter is a healthy fat. It contains appreciably amounts of antioxidants which salvages free radicals in the body giving you a radiant looking skin. It’s Vitamin E content also supports vision and reproduction.

A quality chocolate will usually contain no cocoa butter substitutes.

When buying your next bar of chocolate make sure to check if it’s worth the price by looking at the type of fat used in producing it.

3. How natural?

Due to technological advancement and as part of efforts to reduce food spoilage and waste, many crops are processed into semi finished products for later processing into finished products.

Example of such foods are packaged products. These foods can be minimally processed or extensively processed in which case some nutritive value are lost.

Some food manufacturers compensate the loss by the addition of additives such as Vitamins, minerals, etc.

In many cases, these additives are of synthetic origin.

We cannot do away with processed foods. In fact it has come to stay and has made life much easier for us.

One can quickly prepare a meal without having to go through tedious processes such as cleaning, chopping, grating, etc.

Food experts and nutritionists encourage citizens to often cook at home. Home cooked meals are usually prepared with fresh fruits and vegetables which are of high nutritive value due to minimal to zero processing.

In the case of chocolate, one way to determine if the ingredients used in producing the chocolate are of natural or synthetic origin is to examine the ingredients listed on the packaging.

How many of the ingredients listed are you familiar with? Are they more than the ones you aren’t sure about or probably never heard off.

If a product contains more of ingredients you probably have never heard of, chances are that they are of synthetic origin.

Everyone knows sugar, milk, cocoa butter, etc but what is pyridoxine hydrochloride?

These ingredients though may perform appreciable effects in our bodies, reaping these benefits from natural foods such as fruits and vegetables are recommended.

Chocolate may often be eaten occasionally or just as part of lifestyle and not necessarily for health benefits. However in any case, being conscious about these 3 things can be a bonus and enable one pick treats that are value for money!

4 Comments Add yours

  1. Anim Maxwell Asare says:

    Nice blog, Afia

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Mabel Otoo says:

      Thank you Max.


  2. Stephanie Djanie says:

    Thanks for the information Ms Otoo.

    Liked by 1 person

  3. Great piece. Good job

    Liked by 1 person

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