It’s Time To Eat More Chocolates – 5 Health Benefits of Eating Chocolates

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Good news all chocolate lovers, chocolate is becoming healthier and healthier! Research is continuous, and experts are discovering more and more health benefits to eating chocolate (in moderation, of course!).

 

Here’s 5 scientifically establish health benefits of eating good chocolate:

  1. Reduces cholesterol

Chocolate can also reduce levels of bad cholesterol (LDL) and raise levels of good cholesterol, potentially lowering the risk of cardiovascular disease. This is because the primary ingredient to making chocolate is cocoa butter, which is extracted from cacao beans.

Cocoa butter does not contain any cholesterol and contains 3 types of fatty acids that do not affect our cholesterol levels in any way and protect us from many ailments, including cardiovascular diseases. Not only that, chocolate contains a powerful chemical called flavonoids, which can also be found in red wine. This has been found to protect LDL cholesterol molecules from oxygen-related damage, lowering the risk of atherosclerosis, as well as, reduce the risk of coronary heart disease and cancer.

 

  1. Prevents Type II diabetes and insulin resistance

Insulin is a hormone produced by your pancreas, which transports glucose from the blood to within your cells, allowing your body to use this glucose (sugar) for energy. Insulin resistance is linked to pre-diabetes and Type II diabetes and is also a well-established risk factor for cardiovascular disease. A new study by Italian researchers was published in the March 2015 issue of The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition. It makes the most persuasive case that the flavonols content in chocolate can improve insulin resistance, which results in improved memory.

 

  1. Prevent memory loss

Based on new research at Harvard Medical School, a daily dose of chocolate, like drinking 2 cups of hot chocolate a day, has been found to increase blood flow to the brain, boosting thinking and memory performance. The powerful antioxidant flavonoids in chocolate protect our brain from ageing wear and tear, preventing memory loss and reducing the risk of mental-health conditions like Alzheimer’s.

 

  1. Makes you feel better

Cocoa, which is the primary ingredient in finished chocolate, contains phenethylamine (PEA). PEA stimulates the nervous system and encourages your brain to release endorphins that act as natural painkillers and aids in making you feel good. It is the very same chemical your brain creates when you are falling in love! Chocolate also increases levels of serotonin, another feel-good brain chemical that plays a major role in easing depression and reducing stress. It also increases emotional health, proper sleep and balanced appetite.

 

  1. Help lose weight

Now, the greatest reason of all! According to Neuroscientist Will Clower, melting a small square of high-quality chocolate on your tongue 20 minutes before a meal triggers hormones in the brain that says “I’m full”, which subsequently cuts down on the amount of food you consume. Finishing a meal with the same small trigger could reduce subsequent snacking. The flavonoid content in chocolate also has anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties that have been shown to increase energy expenditure and reduce fat absorption.

So, go on, pick up that bar of chocolate you have been eyeing since the start of this article. It is important to note that all these health benefits only apply if you eat good high-quality chocolate (and more specifically dark chocolate)– not that chocolate made with large amounts of sugar and hydrogenated or partially hydrogenated oils. You can try our Lanwehr Truffle Pralines. Crowned with three winning titles,  our selection of chocolates are truly one-of-a-kind; made of the highest quality, from the best ingredients. You can check out our website www.hs.direct for more information or follow us on Facebook at @HeimatSterne or Instagram at @_HeimatSterne_.

The #1 Unwritten Rule Every Cake Baker Should Know

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Ever baked a cake with the hopes of making something delicious and fluff, only to have those dreams end up slightly disappointing, even though you followed the recipe to a T? That’s probably because you missed a simple yet crucial step  – let your ingredients come to room temperature. Many a time, most people disregard them. Some, do not even realise it’s there!

It’s important to not ignore this step. If you want that perfect cake that is light, airy and fluffy, there’s absolutely no way around it. If you use cold butter or eggs when they should be room temperature – your recipe won’t live up to its potential. And your cake certainly won’t taste the way it should.

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Why Is Room Temperature Important?

Ever wondered why most recipes often call for room temperature ingredients?  There is a legitimate reason for that and a science behind the importance of temperature.

When at room temperature, dairy ingredients like butter and eggs form an emulsion, which traps air. And when it bakes in the oven, that trapped air expands and produces a fluffy baked cake. Moreover, room temperature ingredients bond together very easily since they’re warmer, creating a seamless and evenly textured batter. A smooth batter will produce a uniformly textured baked cake. Cold ingredients, on the other hand, do not.

For example, most recipes start with creaming butter with sugar. Butter at room temperature allows the sugar crystals to dig out little pockets of air within the butter. And if baking powder is added, it helps expand these pockets of air further, resulting in a light and fluffy cake. So, goodbye to heavy and soggy cakes forever!

 

You can use this tip too even if it is not listed next to the ingredients unless the recipe specifically says to use cold ingredients. Or if you need a break from baking, and why not try our HeimatSterne cakes. We have a wide selection of European cakes that includes the traditional German Almond “Bee-Sting” (also known as Bienenstich), classical Original Black Forest Gateau, and all-time favourite Gourmet Apple Pie. You can visit us at www.hs.direct, as well as, follow us on Facebook at HeimatSterne and Instagram at _HeimatSterne_ for more information.

Thank you for visiting HeimatSterne Pizza Tasting @ Cold Storage in Rail Mall!

On 25th and 26th February 2017, HS team had a pleasure to host many guests at a tasting of new HeimatSterne pizza. Together with the management from Cold Storage in Rail Mall, we introduced our traditional Italian pizza and officially announced that our previous product pizza PAPALINA will be discontinued.
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