Research shows that Saint Lucian chocolate is good for your health
Food Unwrapped is a British television series broadcast by Channel 4 in the UK. The series is presented as a consumer show investigating food production.
A recent feature was to investigate whether chocolate is good for your health. A scientific experiment was carried out by the University of Leeds; they tested the amount of flavonols in 10 high street chocolate bars, which included Hotel Chocolat’s very own 100% Saint Lucia Island Growers bar. Flavonols are the main type of flavonoid found in cocoa and chocolate. In addition to having antioxidant qualities, research shows that flavonols have other potential influences on vascular health, such as lowering blood pressure and improving blood flow to the brain and heart.
The results from the experiment were that the 100% Saint Lucia Island Growers bar had over 1000mg of flavonols per 100g of chocolate. It was the clear winner in this test of 10 types of chocolate.
Since 2006, Saint Lucia’s cacao industry has been turned around, dramatically improving the quality of life for more than 180 local farmers through the Island Growers programme.
Saint Lucia was classified by the world cocoa organization as one of just 8 countries in the world growing exclusively the highest quality ‘fine flavour cocoa’.
Fresh cacoa from Saint Lucia is rich in flavonols.