Did Chocolate (In Moderation) Just Get Even Healthier?!

Well with 50% less fat and a reduction in total sugar, it seems it did just that!

You may have seen on the news this morning how Fruit- juice- infused chocolate with 50 percent less fat – yep, half the fat – may be ready to hit our shelves in the coming months.

This research was carried out by Doctor Stefan Bon from the University of Warwick, the benefits of this research could spread across the confectionary market as well as the health and sports nutrition industry potentially making the chocolate used in protein bars less calorific.

So how can fruit juice actually replace half of the fat found in chocolate?

Well the juice is in a micro bubble form which is how manufacturers maintain the velvet like, smooth consistency of chocolate, usually attributed to the addition of fat.

The juice droplets and other food- approved ingredients were combined to form a Pickering emulsion (named after the man that invented it) which stabilises liquids that would ordinarily not mix, such as the egg yolk and oil found in mayonnaise, or the cocoa butter, milk and cocoa powder (and soon to be FRUIT JUICE too) found in chocolate.

Apparently there is a noticeable fruity taste to the chocolate, but mercifully this does not overpower that all desirable cocoa taste.

So there you have it, maybe you can finally have your cake….or should I say chocolate…and eat it after all.

Reference

ACS Chemistry for Life, (2013). Ready for debut: Fruit-juice-infused chocolate with 50 percent less fat. Retrieved 8th April, 2013, from reference

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Job Role Qualified Dietitian and Sports Nutritionist Qualifications BSc (Hons) Sports Science | BSc (Hons) Dietetics Tom has always participated in sport both recreationally and competitively which led to an unquenchable thirst for information on anything health, nutrition and fitness. After leaving school Tom went on to play for a football academy during which time he studied Sport and Exercise Science. From here he went on to study a BSc (Hons) Sport Science at UEA followed by his second BSc (Hons) degree, this time at the University of Hertfordshire studying Dietetics. Tom has worked in the fitness, educational and clinical nutrition industry starting out at David Lloyd Health and Leisure Clubs. He then went on to work as a Dietitian (RD) in the NHS, during which time he conducted clinics for healthy eating, weight loss and weight gain, as well as specialised consultations on Diabetes, IBS and Coeliac disease to name a few. He has vast amounts of experience at devising diet plans and supplement regimens, as well as working in the community with schools and competitive athletes. As Head Nutritionist and Supplement expert at Discount Supplements Tom is here to provide current and evidence based health and nutrition information to help you reach your health and fitness goals!
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