WHAT IS CHOCOLATE?
In order to understand the value of Caveman’s healthy dark Chocolate bars for Keto when enjoying The Best Ketogenic Diet Plan for Beginners or otherwise, one should know what is Chocolate.
Hard to believe but Chocolate grows on trees!
The cacao “beans” that form the basis of Chocolate are actually seeds from the fruit of the Cacao Tree, which primarily grows in tropical areas near the Equator.
The seeds grow inside a pod-like fruit and are covered with a juicy white pulp.
Then the pods are cracked open, the seeds are scooped out, fermented and then dried.
Then they are shipped to manufacturers all over the world to be inspected and cleaned.
Then they are roasted and ground into a dense liquid call Chocolate Liquor.
They then receive more pressing, rolling and usually, unless sugar-free as with this recipe, are mixed with sugar and other ingredients under heat.
Cooling then yields the final, much sought after and coveted, delicious Chocolate treat.
Thus, Chocolate is a product of these ingredients:
Chocolate Liquor: Cacao beans with their shells removed that have been fermented, roasted and ground until they liquefy. This liquid is made up of cocoa butter and cocoa solids which are both naturally present in the bean.
Cacao Butter: Natural fat from the cocoa bean; extra cacao butter enhances Chocolate’s flavor and mouthfeel.
Sugar Lecithin: An emulsifier, often made from soy, that makes the ingredients blend together.
Vanilla: or vanillin and other flavors.
In short, Chocolate is Cacao Butter that has been emulsified with varying quantities of powder and usually a ton of sugar and sometimes milk.
WHAT IS DARK CHOCOLATE?
The FDA has established standards for the identity of the two different types of Chocolate, which requirements help ensure products that deliver the taste one expects.
– Milk Chocolate must be at least 10% Chocolate liquor and 12% milk solids,
– Dark Chocolate must be at least 15% Chocolate liquor and less than 12% milk solids.
Thus, Dark Chocolate has 50% more chocolate liquor than Milk Chocolate.
Usually, milk Chocolate contains a lot more added sugar compared with Dark Chocolate.
Therefore, Dark Chocolate is a much healthier treat as it has a much lower glycemic (sugar) index.
WHY CHOCOLATE CRAVINGS?
– Theobromine which can increase heart rate and bring about feelings of arousal,
– Caffeine which can make us feel awake and increase our ability to work and focus,
– Fat which is energy dense, for energy,
– Brain releasing chemicals, which are feel-good neurotransmitters,
– It releases mostly Dopamine, a chief feel-good neurotransmitter, in particular, brain regions (frontal lobe, hippocampus, and hypothalamus).
Dopamine is released when one has a joyful experience and it is hard-wired by genetics.
Dopamine is released when one experiences anything that one enjoys, such as sex, laughing or watching one’s favorite team win an event.
The dopamine signal sent through the reward circuit brings about extremely positive feelings.
Further, It feels good when it melts on the tongue,
HISTORY OF CHOCOLATE
Around 350 BC is when the history of Chocolate began in Mesoamerica, with the enjoyment of fermented beverages made from Chocolate.
The Aztecs believed that Cacao seeds were the gift of Quetzalcoatl, the god of wisdom.
Furthermore, the seeds once had so much value that they were used as a form of currency.
Originally prepared only as a drink, Chocolate was served as a bitter form of a liquid, mixed with spices or corn puree.
It was believed to have aphrodisiac powers and to deliver strength to the drinker.
Today, such drinks are also known as “Chilate” and are made by locals in the South of Mexico.
After its arrival to Europe in the sixteenth century, sugar was added to it and it became popular throughout society, first among the ruling classes and then among the common people.
In the 20th century, Chocolate was considered essential in the rations of United States soldiers at war.
The word “Chocolate” comes from the Classical Nahuatl word “Chocolate”.
It entered the English language by way of the Spanish language.
HEALTH BENEFITS OF CAVEMAN (Sugar-Free) DARK CHOCOLATE
The dark Chocolate of this recipe has many health benefits.
The benefits of The Sugar-Free Dark Chocolate are that it:
– Is very Nutritious,
– Is a powerful Source of Antioxidants. It has a high ORAC rating which stands for “oxygen radical absorbance capacity”,
– Improves Blood Flow,
– Lowers Blood Pressure,
– Raises HDL, good cholesterol,
– Protects LDL From Oxidation,
– Reduces Heart Disease,
– Protects Skin from the Sun, and
– Improves Brain function.
Fortunately, this Caveman recipe is sugar-free but still is loaded with:
– Good fat,
– Good fiber,
– Manganese, and
– Other healthy minerals.
Note: that standard Chocolate receives a bad reputation for weight gain, acne, etc. only because it is usually loaded with sugar.
Sugar, a poison when added to anything, infects such product.
THE PRODUCTION OF SUGAR-FREE DARK CHOCOLATE
1. EQUIPMENT NEEDED
– Measuring Cup,
– Mixing Bowl,
– Tablespoon Measurer,
– Chocolate Bar Tray, Mrs. Anderson’s Baking Triple Chocolate Bar Mold, Non-Stick European-Grade Silicone, Makes 3 Standard-Sized Chocolate Bars, and
– HIC Silicone Triple Chocolate Bar Mold for Chocolate making, freezing, baking, molding foods, and DIY crafts
-Made from 100-percent pure European grade silicone; naturally non-stick and heat-resistant (to 500-degrees Fahrenheit)
– Tray measures 8.66-inches x 6.3-inches; makes 3 standard-sized chocolate bars; finished bars each measure 5.5-inches x 1.25-inches x .25-inches
– Mold Chocolates, butter, spreads, soap bars, freeze water, juice or other beverages, bake brownies, cookies and mini cakes, and more
– Hangs for drying and easy storage; safe for freezer, oven, microwave, and dishwasher for easy cleanup.
2. INGREDIENTS NEEDED
Following is a list of the ingredients needed:
– 4 tbsp of Unsalted Butter,
– 1 oz of Scharffen Berger Baking Bar, Unsweetened Dark Chocolate (99% Cacao), 9.7-Ounce Packages (Pack of 2),
– 1 tbsp heavy cream,
– 1/4 tsp vanilla extract, and
3. PRODUCTION INSTRUCTIONS
Following is a step-by-step listing of the Production Instructions:
– Melt 4 tbsp of butter,
– Add it to mixing bowl,
– Melt an ounce of the unsweetened Scharffen Berger Baking Bar, Dark Chocolate,
– Add it to mixing bowl,
– Stir in very well,
– Add in 1 tbsp of heavy cream,
– Add 12 drops of liquid Stevia and adjust in future to one liking.
– Add 1/4 tsp vanilla extract,
– Add a pinch of sea salt,
– Sprinkle some sea salt into the Chocolate mold,
– Pour the Chocolate batter into the Chocolate mold over the sprinkled sea salt,
– Shake the mold to make sure the melted Chocolate spreads evenly and into the corners, and
– Freeze for at least one hour.
MACRO ANALYSIS PER RECIPE SERVING: (2 Squares)
The following analysis fits well into one’s Keto Diet:
1. 1g of Carbs 2.6%
2. 5g of Fat 91.6%
3. 1g of Protein 5.8%
CAVEWOMAN & MAN’S EATING INSTRUCTIONS
The Cavewoman and Caveman can now go crazy on a dark Chocolate binge!
They can eat all they want for joy and also as a health food.
WHAT HAS BEEN GAINED?
Just imagine eating Dark Chocolate in one’s Cave for health with no adverse side effects and associated guilt.
A BLESSING FROM NATURE
By having knowledge of the sugar-free Caveman’s healthy dark Chocolate bars for The Ketogenic Diet For Healthy Longevity, one is able to proceed with reckless abandon to enjoy this gift from nature.
Thus, there is no reason for one on the Keto diet to be deprived from this delicious Chocolate treat.
This is not Medical Advice. Nothing herein this article should be considered or used as any personal medical advice, and one should always consult with one’s personal Doctor before making any changes in one’s diet, routine or following any information given, suggested or provided herein. No statements herein have been approved by the FDA.
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