Re­search shows that Saint Lu­cian chocolate is good for your health

The Star (St. Lucia) - - LOCAL -

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.

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