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  • Dec 29

    Why We SHOULD Add (a little) Sugar to Chocolate

    By Cocoa Runners  ·  Health & Eating, Science

    Sweetness and sugar are hugely complicated. And they are also hugely controversial. As far as chocolate is concerned, Epicurus was right. As he advised: “Be moderate in order to taste the joys of life in abundance”. The addition of sugar to chocolate IN MODERATION can be wonderful. But too much sugar (as in most ultra-processed, […]

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  • Oct 24

    Why Do I Crave Chocolate During My Period?

    By Cocoa Runners  ·  Health & Eating, Science

    We have all seen that stereotypical image of the menstruating woman; the emotional wreck slumped on the sofa with a hot water bottle, tissues and, yes, a huge slab of chocolate. Whilst she’s sometimes a sight of pity, more often she’s the butt of a joke. But as those of us with wombs will contest, […]

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  • Sep 13

    Myths about Calories

    By Cocoa Runners  ·  Health & Eating

    One of the most misleading dietary rules is “count the calories and you’ll lose weight”. Calorie calculations are based on experiments made over a century ago that even then were acknowledged as “broad brush”. Quite how a unit of measurement originally applied to steam engines and then adapted by nutritionists who stuck people in copper […]

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  • Sep 13

    Veganism

    By Cocoa Runners  ·  Veganism

    Whether you’re attempting Veganuary or are one of the 1.5 million veteran vegans in the UK, you’ll be pleased to hear that chocolate is not completely off the table: Quite the opposite! Chocolate can be a bit of a milky minefield, so here is a handy guide on choosing the right bar. Not Just for […]

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  • Sep 13

    Is Sugar Addictive?

    By Cocoa Runners  ·  Health & Eating

    This article is for the ‘chocoholic.’ Those who love chocolate and find themselves eating a lot of it. If you are concerned about addiction, please consult a medical professional for appropriate support. Biological Addiction The question “is sugar addictive?” is an interesting one. From a biomedical perspective; the current research suggests that sugar is not […]

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  • Sep 12

    Milks vs Mylks vs M!lks?

    By Cocoa Runners  ·  Veganism

    Walk into any specialty coffee store or health food store and you’ll be accosted by a dizzying array of plant based ‘mylks’ (read on for an explanation of this spelling). And craft chocolate is increasingly in on the act too (a hat tip to the likes of Solkiki and Forever Cacao whose vegan background inspired […]

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  • Sep 07

    A sugar by any other name would taste as sweet?

    By Cocoa Runners  ·  Health & Eating

    While an excess of sugar in mainstream chocolate conceals flavour, small quantities of sugar in craft chocolate functions to add a sweet balance to the bitter flavours of cocoa. Did you know that there are ways to do this with ingredients other than table sugar? The various substances that impart sweetness to chocolate can provide […]

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  • Sep 05

    asSALTed … Why It’s Worth Taking Salt A Pinch More Seriously

    By Cocoa Runners  ·  Health & Eating, Science

    Salt is an intriguing addition to craft chocolate and a critical culinary tool, but it also can be a major problem. Humans need a (small) amount of salt per day to survive, but ‘in excess’ is also incredibly harmful. Indeed overdosing on salt was an approved suicide mechanic for aristocrats in ancient China. Today this sort of overdosing is […]

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  • Aug 18

    Health & Eating

    By Cocoa Runners  ·  Health & Eating

    Chocolate, for many, is a “guilty pleasure” – something naughty to indulge in whenever we fancy a sweet treat. But how “guilty” does it have to be? How much of a crime is consuming a small bar of our favourite (ideally craft) chocolate? It goes without saying that craft chocolate is better for you (physically), […]

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  • Aug 04
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    I’m a Chocoholic and I’ve Signed Up for Veganuary – Should I be Worrying?

    By Cocoa Runners  ·  Veganism

    Christmas may be over, but our love of chocolate is unremitting. Brits eat on average 11kg of the stuff each year. We love it. But you’ve signed up for Veganuary and you’re worried you’ve bitten off more than you can chew… Don’t Panic!  We would happily bet a bar of the stuff that chocolate won’t […]

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