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. We use a blend of sweeteners that we have chosen specifically because of their benefits (see below).
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 IN COCOA BUTTER JUST AS BAD?
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.
Our chocolate contains a mix of sweeteners: mostly inulin, erythritol and isomalt. Inulin is a dietary fibre that was featured so positively on the BBC’s How To Stay Young, and BBC’s Trust Me – I am a Doctor. Erythritol is considered to be a natural sweetener – it does not cause tooth decay or raise blood sugar, and is great for people with digestive issues because unlike most sugar alcohols, it doesn’t cause bloating. Isomalt is another sugar alcohol that is tooth friendly. It can cause digestive issues when eaten in large quantities – 50g per day. To get this dose from our chocolate, you would have to eat 100 bars in one day! Even our most enthusiastic fans would struggle with that! 😊
The fibre in Inulin also helps offset the response from the carbohydrates in the rice cream. As a result we have many diabetic customers who love our chocolate and buy it regularly. We would recommend though if you are diabetic that you try a small amount at a time to see if you can tolerate it too.
Finally, you will see that at the end of our list of sweeteners, there is Sucralose. Each of our bars contains a tiny amount – just 2 milligrams. The dose that leading global health authorities deem as an acceptable (that is, safe) daily intake is 340 milligrams for an average person weighing 150lb (68kg). You would need to eat 170 bars in day to even reach what is considered to be the safe level.
KETO DIET FOLLOWERS:
For those following a keto / paleo diet – we have 9.5% polyols in our recipe.
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.
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