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What are the Benefits of a vegan diet? & How difficult is it to adhere to a vegan diet

What are the Benefits of a vegan diet? & How difficult is it to adhere to a vegan diet

Veganism is a way of life that promotes to end the use of animals for food, clothing and other commodities. Vegan diet specifically is someone who believes in refusing every food of animal origin. Recipes and foods that are a part of the vegan diet don’t contain any by-products of animal such as dairy, dairy products, eggs, honey, and even gelatin.

The term ‚Äúvegan‚ÄĚ was first coined in 1944 by Donald Watson in the first issue of The Vegan News where he introduced and defined the word. He simply ended the definition by saying that a particular food can be a part of your vegan diet if the item contains no animal ingredients of any sort.

Benefits of a vegan diet.

Now that we’ve defined the spectrum of foods that are and aren’t a part of the vegan diet, let’s dive into its many benefits.

We all know that one of the biggest reason for the advent of veganism as a food sub-culture around the world has been animal cruelty in breeding and killing the volume of animals to feed the growing population. Some studies have also linked the over-consumption of meat and sea-food has contributed vastly to environmental footprint and climate change. But apart from the obvious effects of becoming a vegan, there are tremendous health benefits derived from turning to a vegan diet.

A well-planned vegan diet can be the fuel your body needs to reach the highest level of fitness since a vegan will inevitably consume more vegetables and fruits. Not only can it make you leaner and healthier, people who follow vegan diet have proven to show lower risk of chronic dieses, cancer and lesser heart problems. Indians grow up drinking milk as a part of their daily supplement. However, milk products can cause all sorts of health ailments like migraines, acne, digestive and respiratory problems. If you’re wondering how someone, for example a sportsperson, can sustain with just plant-based diets then we can safely say that all it takes is a well-balanced and well-planned meal. Many world-class athletes and sports stars are actually long-time vegans and advocate in vegan nutrition.

Plus, the food is insanely delicious and it becomes more plentiful every year.

How easy is it to be vegan in this day and age?

Vegan foods are everywhere. A lot of traditional Indian recipes are already vegetarian and even vegan, shattering the barrier that vegan diets are only for the rich. In fact, most local markets have an assortment of fresh, natural products that can be turned into a simple curry, sandwich and soup that are completely vegan and cheap. Most supermarkets now stock plenty of options to help you have access to vegan foods like breads, oats and other grains, tofu and tempeh, variety of nuts and most importantly, vegan milks like soy, almond, nut, hemp milks and milk products. Vegan cheeses are also readily available in bigger markets and stores, which means no more compromise on your favourite pasta and pizza. The development of mock meats are becoming more advanced every day that they almost taste like real meat. This is sure help someone who is on the fence to take that final step towards switching to a vegan diet. No meal is complete without a good dessert and we promise, they don’t disappoint either. You can now buy vegan ice creams and sorbets, cookies, cakes, chocolates and granola through many online stores and have them delivered to your doorstep. Access to this wide range of vegan options has made it easier to take small and simple steps towards adopting and sustaining a vegan diet.

 

 

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3 Quick and Easy Summer Dessert Recipes

3 Quick and Easy Summer Dessert Recipes

Summer is the best time to indulge in desserts and using healthy ingredients adds dietary benefits to your cravings. Read more.
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Californian Almonds - Badam Chocolate Online in India!

Californian Almonds - Badam Chocolate Online in India!

 

Although‚ÄĮAlmonds (Badam)‚ÄĮare not native to the US,‚ÄĮCalifornia‚Äôs hot and dry¬†climate‚ÄĮalong with the coastline abundance of developed water infrastructure creates¬†great¬†conditions for commercial cultivation of the¬†Almonds¬†crop.‚ÄĮ¬†

 

The state of California produces 80% of the world's almonds and 100% of USA’s commercial supply. Almonds have become the most important crop for California, generating an annual export worth more than $4.6 Billion dollars.  

 

Eating Almonds is habitual to us. In every Indian household almonds are a eaten by all‚Äď be it for children, adults and elders alike. Almonds are known to increase focus and boost your immunity. But just eating plain Almonds can get monotonous. Our Healthy snacks are a fun twist to your daily almond intake. Health meets Indulgence with the best Chocolate coated Almonds, which help you to maintain your dietary needs and satisfy your sweet tooth.¬†

 

  1. Daarzel¬†Treats ‚Äď Almonds coated with Cocoa¬†

Satisfy your sweet tooth with these Almonds. It is made from Highest quality Almonds coated with Cocoa. It has crunchiness of Almonds and sweetness of Cocoa, which makes it best in taste and also covers health benefits that are distinct to real Almonds. 

 

Nutritional Facts: Per 50 g (As per serving size)* 

 

Energy 

274.52 Kcal 

 

Protein 

3.09 g 

 

Total Fats 

15.91 g 

 

Saturated Fat 

13.25 g 

 

Unsaturated Fat 

2.66 g 

 

Trans Fat 

0 g 

 

Carbohydrates 

29.76 g 

 

Sugar‚ÄĮ¬†

19.89 g 

 

*Approximate Values 

 

Ingredients: 

Almonds, Sugar, Vegetable Fat, Cacao Solids, Corn Syrup, Glucose, Vanilla Extract, Soy Lecithin, Gum Arabic. 

 

Link :¬†Daarzel¬†Treats ‚Äď Almonds coated with Cocoa¬†

 

  1. Daarzel Treats - Roasted Almonds Coated with Cacao

Only Almonds are not enough, Daarzel brings to you roasted Almonds coated with Cacao. Roasting adds an extra crisp and crunch to the Almonds, while Cacao coating makes it mouth wateringly delightful to eat. You can be satisfied with the perfect balance of delicious chocolate cocoa and Healthy crunch of Almonds.

 

Nutritional Facts: Per 50 g (As per serving size)*

 

Energy

281.17 Kcal

 

Protein

6.97 g

 

Total Fats

17.35 g

 

Saturated Fat

14.07 g

 

Unsaturated Fat

3.28 g

 

Trans Fat

0 g

 

Carbohydrates

24.29 g

 

Sugar 

14.269 g

 

*Approximate Values

 

Ingredients:

Almonds, Sugar, Vegetable Fat, Cacao Solids, Corn Syrup, Glucose, Vanilla Extract, Soy Lecithin, Gum Arabic.

 

 Link: Daarzel Treats - Roasted Almonds Coated with Cacao

 

  1. Daarzel - Almond coated with 45% Dark chocolate & Tangy Orange

Look no further, Dark Chocolate lovers! Daarzel - Almond coated with 45% Dark chocolate & Tangy Orange will end your search for the best coated almonds. Dipped in exclusively dark chocolate containing 45% cocoa solids it is neither too bitter nor too sweet ‚Äď just right!

Its goodness lies in hints of citric orange giving the almonds a splash of tangy taste.

 

Nutritional Facts: Per 50 g (As per serving size)*

 

Energy

274.52 Kcal

 

Protein

3.09 g

 

Total Fats

15.91 g

 

Saturated Fat

13.25 g

 

Unsaturated Fat

2.66 g

 

Trans Fat

0 g

 

Carbohydrate

29.76 g

 

Sugar

19.89 g

 

*Approximate Values

 

Ingredients:

Almonds, 45 % Chocolate (Sugar, Cacao Solids, Cacao Butter, Soy Lecithin, 

Vanillin) Cacao Butter, Orange Oil, Gum Arabic.

 

 

Link: Daarzel - Almond coated with 45% Dark chocolate & Tangy Orange

 

  1. Daarzel Keto - 65% Sugar Free Dark Chocolate Coated Almonds

Fitness and good health always go hand in hand. Maintaining both can get tough.

There is no need to worry anymore!

Our Keto Friendly dark chocolate coated Almonds perfectly cater to your tailored diet. It facilitates balanced control with high protein and low carbs providing carefree indulgence against weight gain. These almonds are completely sugar free so rest assured, these chocolate almonds will ensure that you enjoy your dessert without getting you out of Ketosis. Lactose is a certain sugar present in milk. Those who are lactose intolerant find it difficult to break down this sugar. These chocolate coated nuts are Lactose free. Suitable for people with lactose intolerance.

 

Ingredients:

Almonds, Cocoa Solids, Cocoa Butter, Whey Protein, Stevia, Soy Lecithin 

Nutritional Facts: Per 50g (As per serving size)*

Energy

308.6 Kcal

Protein

13.1 g

Fats

23.85 g

Saturated Fat

6.65 g

Unsaturated Fat

17.2 g

Trans Fat

0 g

Cholestrol

0 g

Carbohydrates

6.5 g

Fiber

5.1 g

Natural sugar alcohol

1.8 g

Natural sugar added

0 g

Net Carbs

3.48 g

*Approximate Values

 

Link: Daarzel Keto - 65% Sugar Free Dark Chocolate Coated Almonds

 

  1. Daarzel - Almond coated with 70% Dark Chocolate

The healthier the chocolate the higher percentage of cocoa as dark chocolate. Cocoa solids among other ingredients make this 70% dark chocolate coating on almonds make it much healthier than the others. Elevate your taste and healthy quotient with these irresistible Real Almonds with 70% layered Dark chocolate goodness.

 

Nutritional Facts: Per 50 g (As per serving size)*

 

Energy

274.52 Kcal

 

Protein

3.09 g

 

Total Fats

15.91 g

 

Saturated Fat

13.25 g

 

Unsaturated Fat

2.66 g

 

Trans Fat

0 g

 

Carbohydrate

29.76 g

 

Sugar

19.89 g

 

*Approximate Values

 

Ingredients:

Almonds, 70 % Chocolate (Cacao Solids, Sugar, Cacao butter, Soy Lecithin, 

Vanillin) Cacao Butter, Gum Arabic.

 

Link: Daarzel - Almond coated with 70% Dark Chocolate

 

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Benefits of Eating Dark Chocolate During Pregnancy

Chocolate, ideally dark chocolates is  rich in flavonoids and when consumed in moderation, is beneficial during pregnancy. The darker the chocolate, the more is the amount of flavonoids it contains. The benefits include:

Ease from Pre-eclampsia: Pre-eclampsia is a condition wherein the mother tends to have high blood pressure, aggravated levels of protein, and low clotting factors. This can result in premature labour, convulsions, blood clotting issues, and liver damage which can prove to be dangerous for the mother and baby. As per a study conducted in 2010, the theobromine present in chocolates can be beneficial against pre-eclampsia, particularly during the third trimester.

Source of Antioxidants: The flavonoids in chocolates are great antioxidants that have been well-proved to boost immunity levels.

Cardiovascular Benefits: The antioxidants in chocolate also help keep the heart healthy and can also help avert heart diseases ahead in life.

Relieve from Stress:  Serotonin and endorphin, known as happy hormones, are known to enhance mood. Dark chocolate can enhance serotonin and endorphin levels in the brain. The flavanols in chocolate also help tackle exhaustion and lessen stress levels.

Pleasant Babies: Research suggests that women who consumed more dark chocolate during pregnancy had happier and enthusiastic babies.

Balances Cholesterol Levels: The flavonoids in dark chocolate can help tackle high levels of cholesterol during pregnancy. Flavonoids also may improve vasodilation which is, the widening of the blood vessels, thus facilitating blood flow and improving blood pressure.

Existence of Resveratrol: This constituent of chocolate is beneficial in protecting the brain as well as the nervous system and can be beneficial to the baby’s development.

Anti-inflammatory Effect: The anti-inflammatory properties of chocolate help reduce the risk of stroke.

Presence of Monounsaturated Fats: A decent amount of monounsaturated fats is beneficial for pregnant women. Chocolate contains oleic acid that almost equates the amount of fats present in olive oil.

Nutrients it contains: Chocolate contains many nutrients such as iron and magnesium which help improve hemoglobin levels and also boost the metabolism of fatty acids.

Beneficial for fetal growth and development: According to a study presented at the 2016 Pregnancy Meeting of the Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine in Atlanta, GA, eating 30 g of chocolate every day during pregnancy may prove to be beneficial for fetal growth and development.

Choosing the Right Chocolate

The darker the chocolate, the better it is. Daarzel dark vegan chocolate contain many essential compounds that have many health benefits for pregnant women. Organic chocolates containing the least amount of sweeteners are the best. We also have a wide range of keto chocolates.

Conclusion

There are several benefits of eating Dark chocolates during pregnancy however like most foods, dark chocolates should also be consumed in moderation. 30 grams of dark chocolate per day is the recommended quantity for consumption during pregnancy. Doing so can not only help you can satisfy your cravings along with providing several health benefits but also without the fear of any ill effects.
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Is dark chocolate your best friend during periods?

 

That time of the month is difficult to ace through and all we want is to get rid of those painful cramps somehow that add on to the misery. Sweet cravings are common during this time and the best thing is that these sweet cravings can help ease most of your trouble. Yes, you heard it right! These cravings can most certainly help if satisfied with dark chocolates. Let us see how dark chocolates can be your best friends during this difficult time.

Relieves Menstrual Pain Dark Chocolate

Menstrual pain or dysmenorrhea is stiffness or cramps in the lower abdomen that is a result of menstruation and the production of prostaglandin substances that occur during or before menstruation. Dark chocolate is rich in cocoa and is a powerful source of magnesium. Magnesium is a natural pain reliever and soothes the muscles of your uterus according to a 2017 review published in the quarterly publication Magnesium Research.

Also, the potassium present in dark chocolate stops your muscles from retaining water and thus one does not feel bloated.

Dark chocolate is effective in reducing menstrual pain.

Tackles your Oscillating Mood

During periods the levels of estrogen and other hormones oscillate and the body tries to balance out the hormones. As a result, the levels of cortisol also known as the stress hormone shoot up and the body needs to balance this out by craving serotonin which is also known as the happy-hormone. Carbs, sugars, and salts serve the purpose of fulfilling this craving, but some healthy alternatives can help you achieve the same outcome. All you need to do is swap all the food loaded with carbs and fats with dark chocolate. The darker the chocolate the better it performs this function.

Relaxing throbbing muscles

Muscles hips, abdomen, and thighs may feel sore during periods. As mentioned above dark chocolate contains an ample amount of magnesium, which has been known to be effective for sore muscles and can help ease the soreness significantly.

Gives you the much-needed energy boost

Dark chocolate is a natural energy enhancer that contains caffeine and will increase the levels of endorphins to equip you with a rapid energy boost.

It is best when your energy levels are too low and you might be tempted to have unhealthy meals.

Dark chocolate can help increase the levels of nitric acid which can help regulate blood pressure, and its antioxidant properties can neutralize free radicals, that can not only cause cell damage but might even cause cancer.

Consumption of dark chocolate during your period in moderation can actually benefit you.

Helps deal with exhaustion

Satisfied that dark chocolate is surely your best friend during periods? Well, we have more. Dark chocolate is also an excellent source of iron and can help boost the hemoglobin levels in the blood and thus tackle fatigue. A 100 g serving of good quality dark chocolate with 70 to 85 percent cocoa solids contains around 11.9 mg of iron. But do not overindulge in it as overindulgence of anything can cause harm.

Relieves Stress

Studies affirm that eating dark chocolate every day for two weeks reduces the level of stress hormones in people. As stated earlier, the main stress hormone that dark chocolate counters is cortisol. It also helps reduce other biochemical changes associated with stress as well as the ‚Äúfight-or-flight‚ÄĚ hormones known as catecholamines in people prone to high stress.

Dark chocolate bars has also been found to enhance mood by boosting serotonin and endorphin levels in the brain, which are also known as happy hormones.

Dark chocolate has also been found to reduce stress by increasing the levels of happy hormones serotonin and endorphin in the brain.

Other nutrients

Besides Potassium, magnesium, and iron dark chocolate also has vitamins A, B1, C, D and E and the phenol and flavonoids are rich in calcium and a little omega 3 and 6.

Conclusion

So to sum it all up, we can conclude that dark chocolate can indeed come to your rescue during periods. So ensure to stock up to drive away the blues during those tough days of the month.

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The Complete Buyer’s Guide to Dark Chocolate

The Complete Buyer’s Guide to Dark Chocolate

Chocolate is usually a favourite of all. It is one thing used to express love, resolve fights, and makes you feel good whenever you feel the blues. Chocolate comes in different forms such as white chocolate, milk chocolate, or dark chocolate. However, in recent years, dark chocolate has come to play a more considerable role in the market. If you prefer chocolate that is not excessively sweet, dark chocolate is the thing for you. So if you are thinking of getting dark chocolate here is what you should understand.

What Is Dark Chocolate?

Dark chocolate is produced by the addition of fat and sugar to cocoa. It is different from milk chocolate as it contains little to no milk solids.It also called bittersweet and semisweet chocolate. However, there is a slight difference in sugar content.The simplest way to know if your chocolate is "dark" or not go for the one with 70% or higher total cocoa content. Dark chocolate is incredibly healthy and nutritious.

However, there are many brands available, and not all of them are created equal. Some are better than others, based on the ingredients and processing methods.

So which dark chocolate should you choose?

Follow this guide to find out everything you need to know about choosing the best dark chocolate.

#1 The Percentage of cocoa

Dark chocolate is well known for having powerful antioxidant properties. However, Dark chocolate has a wide range of cocoa percentages, which can confuse you. It is important to look for bars that have a cocoa content of 70% or higher. Higher-percentage dark chocolate has a higher concentration of antioxidants and nutrients. Consumption of chocolate with a higher cocoa content is related to many health benefits, such as improved heart health and brain function.

Chocolate with a higher cocoa percentage also has a lower percentage of sugar

#2 The taste

Dark chocolate has an acquired taste. Owing to this not everyone likes it. Dark chocolate has a higher content of cocoa solids and hence the taste. So, before you order dark chocolate for someone, you must know exactly what the other person likes.

#3 Ingredients of Chocolate

If you are the one who is a health freak it is best to choose dark chocolate made with as few ingredients as possible.

The best dark chocolate always comes with chocolate liquor or cocoa listed as the first ingredient. There may be many forms of cocoa listed, like cocoa powder, cocoa nibs, and cocoa butter. All of these are sustainable additions.Many a time these additional ingredients are added to dark chocolate to enhance its appearance, flavor, and increase its shelf life. Some of these ingredients do not cause any harm, while others can negatively affect the overall quality of the chocolate.

#4 Sugar

Sugar is added to dark chocolate to balance its bitter taste.While sugar is an important component of dark chocolate, some brands go way ahead with it.The key is to choose the one that does not have sugar listed first on the ingredients list.Better yet, go for the one that has sugar last on its list.Also, a higher percentage of cocoa, the lower the sugar content.

#5 Lecithin

Lecithin is an optional ingredient that is added to dark chocolate. It's added to various store-bought chocolates as an emulsifier. It helps to prevent the separation of cocoa and cocoa butter and helps blend flavors. Lecithin is used in such small amounts in chocolate so that it doesn’t pose any concerns regarding the health effects or quality.When you're choosing a brand, remember that lecithin isn't absolutely essential to make chocolate.

#6 Milk

High-quality dark chocolate should have no milk added to it.The only exception would be milk fat. This is importantly butter that has had its moisture and non-fat solids eliminated.Milk fat is added to dark chocolate to soften it and enhance flavor. Milk fat is not a necessary ingredient to make dark chocolate.

#7 Flavorings

Dark chocolate often comes flavored with spices, extracts, and oils to improve its taste.If you want flavored dark chocolate, choose one that comes with organic flavors. That way its health quotient is guaranteed.

#8 Trans Fat

If the ingredient list of dark chocolate reads Trans Fat, avoid it. Consumption of Trans is a considerable risk factor for heart disease.If hydrogenated or partially hydrogenated oil is present, that means the bar contains trans-fat.

#10 Other additions

Dark chocolate comes with many other additions such as sea salt, caramel,and also orange. These classic combinations are readily available in the market. However, if you want to cut out that bitter taste in a healthy way, go for dark chocolate with added fruits.

#11 Level of bitterness

Another factor to consider is the level of bitterness in your dark chocolate. Dark chocolate comes with various variations as per the amount of cocoa solids. The range of cocoa solids means there is a dark chocolate bar to please every palette. Make sure to remember the fact that the level of bitterness increases with the percentage of cocoa solids, the more the cocoa solids the bitter is the taste.

Conclusion

Hence we can conclude that the best dark chocolate is the one that has a high percentage of cocoa (70% and higher) and does not contain any unnecessary ingredients. There are many health benefits of dark chocolate. Follow these tips to ensure that the dark chocolate you indulge in is high in quality, rich in antioxidants, and nevertheless delicious.

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Why Dark Chocolate Is One of the Best Desserts for Diabetes

Why Dark Chocolate Is One of the Best Desserts for Diabetes

Diabetes is a name common to all. It is one condition that everyone is familiar with, a condition characterized by a high amount of glucose in the blood. Sensitivity or resistance to insulin is one of the reasons for the development of diabetes. Diabetes is a condition that is often accompanied by an aggravating risk of hypertension, cardiovascular disease, and mortality. People having diabetes have to exercise strict control over their diet to keep their sugar levels at the optimum level. All choices associated with food or snacks need to be made carefully.

When you talk of diabetes and desserts these two do not seem to go well with each other. Well, this means that for people with diabetes it a no-no for desserts. As one receives a positive diagnosis for diabetes one feels forced to say goodbye to all those sweet yummy treats that are difficult to part with.

So what can people with diabetes do to satisfy those cravings for sweet? Well, we have a delicious answer and that is Dark Chocolate! Surprising but true, studies have shown that dark chocolate consumed in small quantities can actually help manage diabetes and some of the common conditions that come along withit. In fact, some research also suggests that eating small portions of dark chocolate may actually even help in the prevention of type-2 diabetes. Dark Chocolate comes loaded with minerals.

What is Dark Chocolate?

Dark chocolate is a type of chocolate that has no added milk solids, the basic ingredient being different types of cacao beans. More cocoa and less sugar the dark chocolate contains the more bitter it will taste and the bitter the better.

Benefits of Cocoa

Cocoa which is the key ingredient of chocolate has versatile benefits. Let us see the benefits of Cocoa. Cocoa is a plant that has high levels of minerals and antioxidants.  Cocoa contains powerful antioxidants known as flavonoids that provide many health benefits. 

Cocoa flavonoids enhance certain cells’ ability to secrete insulin, the hormone that manages blood sugar. This leads to further improvement of brain function, blood pressure, cholesterol, and heart health.

It has also been proven that flavonoids are capable of improving, stabilizing, and long sustaining insulin secretion, human islets, and pancreatic cell respectively.

Dark chocolate improves insulin sensitivity. The improvement in insulin sensitivity may help in the prevention of the onset of diabetes. Researchers also suggest a decrease in blood pressure in the same study. This is very beneficial for people having diabetes and also hypertension.

Scientists also associated improved health of blood vessels and levels found that consumption of dark chocolate reduced levels of bad cholesterol and improved the levels of good cholesterol.

Choose your Dark Chocolate Wisely

The benefits of consuming dark chocolate are proven but it would be good to remember one thing. It is important to be mindful of the percentage of cocoa. Just because a chocolate bar is labeled dark does not mean it is packed with health benefits. Some types of dark chocolate could have a cocoa percentage as low as 30 percent, making them more like regular milk chocolate. Nutrition-wise, to reap the most health benefits from chocolate, opt for a bar that contains 70 percent of cocoa or more.

Restrict dark chocolate that has caramel, toffee, or other sugary additions. The chocolate should be high in cocoa content and low in sugar, the best being sugar-free dark chocolate.

How Much Dark Chocolate is good for Consumption?

Have a rich serving of dark chocolate ‚ÄĒ but restrict the serving to about 21.26 to 28.35 gm.¬†That way you‚Äôll get some of the benefits of dark chocolate and satisfy your craving for something sweet, but you won‚Äôt cross the limits for calories, saturated fat, carb, or sugar intake.

Mindful indulgence in moderation is your best bet for reaping the heart and hypoglycaemic benefits that the treat can provide.

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Which Chocolate are Gluten Free?

Which Chocolate are Gluten Free?

Following a gluten-free diet is not easy. One needs strict dedication and earnestness to determine which foods can be eaten safely and which should not be consumed. When you talk of sweets containing gluten specifically chocolates, it is one topic that is uncertain as many kinds are made with the use of flour, barley malt, or other ingredients that often have gluten.

In this article, we would discuss if chocolate is gluten-free and can be enjoyed if one is on a gluten-free diet.

Before understanding, if chocolate is gluten-free, we will first try to understand what gluten is.

What Is Gluten?

Gluten is a kind of protein that is found in many types of grains, such as rye, barley, and wheat. Most people can digest gluten without experiencing any troubles. However, the consumption of foods that contain gluten can lead to side effects in those having celiac disease or have a sensitivity to gluten. For those having celiac disease, consumption of gluten triggers an immune response that leads the body to attack healthy tissue. This causes symptoms such as diarrhea, nutritional deficiencies, and fatigue.

Meanwhile, those having gluten sensitivity may feel effects such as bloating, gas, and nausea after eating foods that contain gluten. For people having celiac disease, consuming ingredients that are devoid of gluten is a key factor that leads to the prevention of side effects and facilitating overall health as consuming gluten can cause adverse effects for those with celiac disease or are sensitive to gluten. Well, there is some pleasant news; you can have chocolate if you are wise about your choice.

Pure Chocolate Is Gluten-Free

Pure dark chocolate that is unsweetened derived from roasted cacao beans does not contain gluten naturally. However, not many people like pure chocolate, as the taste differs very much as compared to the sweetmeats that you are much friendlier with.

Many varieties of high-quality chocolate are made using just a few simple ingredients such as liquefied cacao beans, cocoa butter, and sugar, and all these are regarded as gluten-free. On the other hand, many contain 10‚Äď15 ingredients such as powdered milk, vanilla, and soy lecithin.

Hence, it’s crucial to carefully check the label for any additional ingredients that may contain gluten.

Also, many chocolate products contain additional ingredients, like emulsifiers and flavoring agents that enhance its taste and texture. Some of these ingredients may have gluten. One more factor to consider is the risk of cross-contamination. Even if a chocolate product is devoid of any ingredients with gluten, it still may not be free of gluten.

This can happen as a result of chocolates being processed in a facility that also produces gluten-containing foods as become cross-contaminated.

Therefore, if you have celiac disease or gluten sensitivity it’s always best to go for products that are certified gluten-free chocolates to save yourself from experiencing unfavorable and severe health effects.

Hence it is important that go for a dark chocolate that is made with minimum ingredients such as roasted cocoa beans and cocoa butter. The best would be to opt for a sugar-free dark chocolate to increase the health quotient.

List of Gluten Free Chocolates:

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Whiskey Pairing

Whiskey Pairing

The  AMBRIONA Whiskey Pairing experience 

This sublime pairing makes a lot of sense, especially because both chocolate and whiskey are prepared utilizing a simple set of ingredients, and which when combined, give rise to a  wide array of flavours, both diverse and complex.

When you are serving multiple whiskeys, it is recommended that you start with the lightest one and then gradually move up to the stronger ones. 

It is also recommended to our patrons that they conduct the paring with neat whiskey in order to experience the best of both dark chocolate and whiskey. However, a few drops of water will certainly do no harm and also will help in avoiding a harsh and uncomfortable burn. 

Now let us talk about pairings. There are basically two types of pairings: 

  • Congruent paring - A congruent pairing creates balance by amplifying shared flavour compounds.¬†
  • Complementary paring - A complementary pairing creates balance by contrasting tastes and flavours.

  • Now, when you are trying out different combinations of chocolate & whiskey, it is recommended that you first take a sip of the beverage of your choice and swirl it around inside your mouth. Next, take a bite of the chocolate, let it melt inside your mouth and consequently, allow its flavours to fully coat the innards of your mouth. Do remember to keep breathing, for this will help the air inside your mouth in bringing out all the flavours.

    A bit of valuable advice: when you are pairing whiskey with chocolate, you would want to look out for flavours that complement each other. Flavours that overpower each other will defeat the entire purpose.

    Our patrons are also encouraged to experiment and find out what suits their inclination best. One way to do so would be by inviting friends and family. You could then intermingle different flavour notes of the chocolates with their whiskey counterparts and find out the combinations you like the most.  

    For example, say you tried a piece of Ambriona chocolate and followed it up with a particular whiskey, and it left a bad taste in your mouth. You would not be wrong in inferring that it was not the right match. You will know when it is the right match when the flavour will blend smoothly in your mouth and leave a wonderful trail of taste that you cannot help but relish. 

    Most of the recommended pairings are done as per the Congruent method.

    Name of chocolate 

    cocoa % 

    Recommended whiskey for paring 

    Flavour bridges 

    Single-origin south American dark chocolate 

    71%

    LINLITHGOW 30 YEAR OLD, GLENLIVET 21 YEAR OLD (GEORGE & J.G. SMITH’S), THE GLENROTHES ROBUR RESERVE, THE BALVENEI 12 YEARS OLD DOUBLEWOOD SCOTCH WHISKEY, DALWHINNIE 15 YEARS, MONKEY SHOULDER BATCH 27

    Fruity notes with a mild bitter finish 

    Signature blend dark chocolate 

    55%

    TALISKER 25 YEAR OLD NATURAL CASK STRENGTH, LAPHROAIG 10 YEARS ISLAY SINGLE MALT, LAGAVULIN 16 YEARS ISLAY SINGLE MALT, BOWMORE 12 YEARS ISLAY SINGLE MALT, JHONNY WALKER - BLUE LABEL, BOWMORE 15 YEAR DARKEST, 

    Smokey & earthy with a burst of spice & a bitter finish.  

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    Wine Pairing

    Wine Pairing

    The AMBRIONA Wine Pairing Experience 

    The pairing of wine and chocolate is an art in itself, as much as it is a science. When it is done correctly, the different flavours and the complexity of both these offerings balance each other out, and hence in the process, complement one another like nothing else.

    Wine and chocolates have a lot of commonalities. For starters, they’re both considered aphrodisiacs. They both also contain flavanols, which are valuable antioxidants. Hence, these similarities render them nothing but ideal for paring.

    When you are serving multiple wines, it is recommended that you start with the lightest one and then gradually move up to the stronger ones.

    There are 2 types of pairings : 

  • Congruent paring - A congruent pairing creates balance by amplifying shared flavor compounds.¬†
  • Complementary paring - A complementary pairing creates balance by contrasting tastes and flavors.

  • Now, when you are trying out the matching of chocolate with wine, it is recommended that you first take a sip of the beverage of your choice and swirl it around your mouth. Next, take a bite of the chocolate, let it melt inside your mouth and consequently, allow its flavours to fully coat the innards of your mouth. Do remember to keep breathing, for this will help the air inside your mouth in bringing out all the flavors.


    Our patrons are also encouraged to experiment and find out what suits their inclination best. One way to do so would be by inviting friends and family. You could then intermingle different flavour notes of the chocolates with their wine counterparts and find out the combinations you like the most.

    For example, say you tried a piece of a dark chocolate bar and followed it up with a particular wine or vice versa, and it left a bad taste in your mouth. You would not be wrong in inferring that it was not the right match. You will know when it is the right match when the flavour blends smoothly in your mouth and leave a wonderful trail of taste that you cannot help but relish.

    Most of the recommended pairings are as per the Congruent method.

    Name of chocolate 

    cocoa % 

    Recommended wines for paring 

    Flavour bridges 

    Single-origin south American dark chocolate 

    71%

    Chenin blanc, Chardonnay, Port wine, Cabernet Sauvignon

    Bold, citric,  Fruity & Earthy elements 

    Signature blend dark chocolate 

    55%

    Merlot, Shiraz, Borlo, Late harvest Zinfandel

    Fruity, Smokey & Spice elements 

    Roasted Almond with Milk chocolate or a White chocolate 

    33%

    Rose, Pinot Noir, Dessert wines

    Sweet & Mild critic elements 



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    Storage Instructions

    Storage Instructions

    STORAGE INSTRUCTIONS

  • The product is required to be stored between 18-22 degrees celsius in a cool, dry, odourless & hygienic environment.¬†
  • If refrigerated kindly allow the temperature of the chocolate to rise to room temperature prior to consumption.
  • A whitish layer may appear on the chocolates due to temperature & humidity changes & the product may become soft without affecting consumption fitness.¬†
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    Single Origin Cocoa

    Single Origin Cocoa

    What are single-origin chocolates? 

    The chocolates which are made from the cocoa beans harvested from one single estate in one region are known as single-origin chocolates.

    Natural factors such as the mineral content of the soil, climatic conditions, flora & fauna habituating the estate determine the distinct flavours of the single-origin chocolate.

    The flavour of the single-origin chocolates are non-replicable as its ‚ÄėMade by Nature‚Äô

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