Are all calories the same? We say no! Our calories come from fat from our cocoa butter. We believe calories from sugar are far more of an issue. Fat makes you satiated quickly, feeds your brain and thus you do not ‘crave’ more, whereas sugar makes you want to eat more and more, which is why there is such a big push to reduce sugar intake.
HOW MUCH SUGAR IS THERE IN NORMAL CHOCOLATE?
There is as much as 55g of sugar in some brands of chocolate. This equates to 11 teaspoons of sugar!! Shocking we know. The daily allowance of sugar is just 6 – 9 teaspoons, so one bar of chocolate can be nearly double your daily allowance. By comparison, there is less than 1 teaspoon of sugar in every bar of Pure Heavenly except the Fruit & Nut which has just 2 teaspoons. The good news is that because our chocolate is low in sugar and high in fat you are satiated far more quickly and therefore only need a small amount to feel satisfied.
BUT AREN’T THE FATS JUST AS BAD?
You may be surprised to learn that chocolate isn’t as bad for you as once believed.
The fat in chocolate comes from cocoa butter and is made up of equal amounts of oleic acid (a heart-healthy monounsaturated fat also found in olive oil), stearic and palmitic acids. Stearic and palmitic acids are forms of saturated fat. You may know that saturated fats are linked to increases in LDL cholesterol and the risk of heart disease.
But, research shows that stearic acid appears to have a neutral effect on cholesterol, neither raising nor lowering it. Although palmitic acid does affect cholesterol levels, it only makes up one-third of the fat calories in chocolate. Still, this does not mean you can eat all the chocolate you’d like. Like anything you have to eat in moderation, and this is made so much easier by being satiated quickly with our bars.
For each of our bar’s nutritional and calorific values
As an example – here are the details for our Salted Caramel bar:
Dairy Free, Gluten Free, Wheat Free, Soy Free, Egg Free, GMO-Free, and Palm Oil Free.
Produced in a facility where various nuts are used. Whilst we only use nuts in two of our recipes and wash all of our bowls after use, we advise that severe nut allergy sufferers should refrain from buying our bars to be on the safe side.
NUTRITIONAL INFORMATION (Per 25g Bar)
|SILK BAR||Per 25g serving|
|Of which saturates||8g|
|Of which sugars||0.4g|
NUTRITIONAL INFORMATION (Per 80g Bar)
|SILK BAR||Per 80g Bar|
|Of which saturates||26g|
|Of which sugars||1.3g|
Cocoa Butter, Cocoa Mass, (Cocoa Solids 43%) Rice, Soluble Maize Fibre, Chicory Fibre, Sweeteners; Erythritol, Polydextrose, Isomalt, Sucralose, Inulin (Oligofructose), Sea Salt, Caramel Flavouring, Vanilla Flavouring, Emulsifier: Sunflower Lecithin.
We have chosen our sweeteners after studying them at length for their safety record and the number of research papers on each ingredient. Inulin is a dietary fibre that has been featured very positively on the BBC’s How To Stay Young, and Trust Me – I am a Doctor. Erythritol has zero calories and has been featured in a number of very positive dental studies. Polydextrose is a soluble fibre, and Isomalt is made from sugar and does not increase blood glucose or insulin levels. Finally we use a tiny amount of sucralose (less that 0.01%) which gives our chocolate a sugar like taste (and has been subject to 110 studies showing it to be safe for consumption at much, much higher levels). We do suggest that you research these sweeteners to see if they are suitable for you though if you have any concerns.
For those following a keto / paleo diet – we have 9.5% polyols in our recipe.
We use inulin from the chicory plant which has been subject to several fascinating BBC programs.