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  • Jul 18

    Is chocolate addictive?

    By Nick Saxby  ·  Health & Eating

    Chocolate is NOT addictive. Unlike the likes of caffeine, alcohol and other drugs, theobromine (the primary stimulant in chocolate) doesn’t meet any of the standard definitions for addiction. But various ingredients can be added to your chocolate bar that ARE highly addictive. Top of the list of these additives is sugar, especially if combined with […]

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  • Jan 10

    Veganuary and Chocolate

    By Cocoa Runners  ·  Health & Eating

    Many people attempting Veganuary each year ask us: “Can I still eat chocolate?” Well, great news – you absolutely can! In fact, most of the chocolate in our library is vegan. Dark craft chocolate, so long as it isn’t a flavoured bar with a non-vegan ingredient, is perfectly fine for Veganuary. Be careful buying dark […]

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  • Sep 20

    Too good to be true … how to read the small print of chocolate and health studies with Dr Tim Spector

    By Cocoa Runners  ·  Health & Eating

    One of our mantras at Cocoa Runners is that “Craft Chocolate tastes better, is better for farmers, better for the planet and also better for you”. It is pretty easy to “show” people that Craft Chocolate tastes better.  They just need to try some There are also LOTS of studies showing how direct, transparent trade leads […]

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  • Jul 18

    Does Chocolate Help You Sleep?

    By Spencer Hyman  ·  Health & Eating

    For most of its history we’ve “drunk” chocolate.  And hot chocolate remains a favourite “night cap” for many kids and adults. Yet many people fear that eating, or drinking, chocolate in the evening will keep them up at night.  And one of the most common questions at our Virtual Tastings remains “does chocolate contain caffeine”. […]

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  • May 17
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    Dark Milk Chocolate – a low-sugar alternative

    By Cocoa Runners  ·  Health & Eating

    “Everything in moderation”.  Epicurus had it right.  A little sugar in chocolate is to be welcomed.  And a little milk can add creaminess and the impression of sweetness too. In craft chocolate, sugar is added to bring out the flavour of the bean. In the words of the esteemed Mrs Beeton (she of Victorian cooking […]

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  • May 10
    Chocolate and low sugar

    How much sugar is in your chocolate?

    By Cocoa Runners  ·  Health & Eating

    Sugar is a sticky topic.  There’s a large swathe of people who lump all chocolate into the catch-all “if it has sugar, it has to be bad”.  We beg to differ. Let’s start with a couple of questions.  Which has less sugar? A typical breakfast cereal or a dark craft chocolate bar? A low fat […]

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  • Jan 19

    Cutting down on sugar?

    By James  ·  Health & Eating

    One easy way to eliminate sugar and still enjoy great chocolate is to try 100% bars. 100% bars contain nothing but cocoa beans. Through careful selection of beans, long grinds, heavy conches, and extra cocoa butter, our makers create amazingly flavourful 100% bars.  These 100% bars will always be a little astringent (they’ll make your […]

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  • Jan 11

    Veganuary

    By James  ·  Health & Eating

    Sadly, the holiday season is well and truly over.  We are now into the first month of 2020, which is all about making, and trying to stick with, our new year resolutions. Cutting back. Eating healthier. Saving the planet. And Veganuary is an intriguing new twist on this. Agriculture counts for 15-20% of global CO2 […]

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  • Jan 16

    Low Sugar Chocolate

    By Elizabeth  ·  Health & Eating

    January is often a time of year for cutting back; but you can still enjoy delicious craft chocolate without breaking your resolutions. 100% cocoa chocolate bars are made using nothing but cocoa beans. With no added sugar, flavourings or vegetable fats, the only ingredients is cocoa (sometimes with a touch of added cocoa butter). The […]

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  • Feb 02
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    5 Ways To Enjoy Chocolate And Cut Down On Sugar

    By Cocoa Runners  ·  Health & Eating

    From elevating your mood, to reducing the risk of cardiovascular disease and pancreatic cancer, it seems like there are more and more benefits to eating chocolate. It’s no secret however that plenty of chocolate (mainstream milk chocolate in particular) contains huge amounts of processed sugar. Although sugar has never been in the running for health […]

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