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The truth about chocolate

If you are looking to be happier and healthier then you will know the importance of having a healthy diet and cutting out the snacks and treats you are usually so accustomed to. If you have learned that you have a food allergy, but still want to consume foods like chocolate, then this article is perfect for you, unless you have a food allergy to it.

With chocolate being by far the all-time ultimate comfort food for people who are stressed or are tired, many people turn to it as a food of choice. Additionally, it is also a reliable mood enhancer when life gets too much. But is it healthy? It’s not if you have a food allergy to chocolate… But let’s take a look around the alternatives, including dark chocolate.

Obviously, if you eat lots of it, no! However, research is continuing all the time and experts have found that dark chocolate (with a cocoa percentage of 70% or more) is really good for us. Lifelab Testing are going to tell you the medically proven health benefits, so you can enjoy it without feeling guilty. After you finish your food allergy test, of course!

Now, it is important to note that we are not saying to go and eat bucket loads of the stuff, but 3 squares (30g) a day will give you a health boost like you won’t believe!  The darker the chocolate the better, dark chocolate is packed full of antioxidants and minerals with impressive qualities. Milk chocolate has 2-4 times fewer antioxidants and contains much more sugar and fat and for every four squares of milk chocolate you eat instead of dark, you will be eating a whole 2.5 teaspoons more of sugar. Mind Blown! But that’s not the exciting bit, this comes next…

Here are 5 reasons you should consume more dark chocolate!

1) Weight-Loss

Dark Chocolate can help you lose weight. However, if you have a food allergy to it, then it could cause symptoms like nausea and a bloated stomach. Neuroscientist, Will Clower says a small square of dark chocolate melted on the tongue 20 minutes before a meal triggers the hormones in the brain that say ‘I’m full’, cutting the amount of food you actually eat and finishing a meal by doing the same thing can reduce snacking! Pass me the chocolate!

2) Better Skin

Science shows that dark chocolate is actually GOOD for our complexion. So, if your food allergy has previously seen you break out in a skin rash, then chocolate could be IDEAL. This is because cocoa contains flavanol, a type of phytochemical that boosts skin hydration, plumps up the density and improves blood flow to the surface. It also helps in boosting your skins natural protection against sun damage – you won’t want to ditch the sun cream but you may want to up the dark choc uptake before you hit the beach!  Combined with an allergy test, eating the right foods will help you sparkle from the inside out!

3) Dark Chocolate is Brain Food

Flavanols are thought to reduce memory loss in older people, and the anti-inflammatory qualities of dark chocolate have been found to benefit in treating brain injuries! Dark chocolate also contains phenylethylamine which is the same chemical that your brain creates when you feel like your falling in love and it also encourages your brain to release feel-good endorphins.

4) Packed with Minerals

Dark chocolate is packed full of goodness, it is packed full of iron and minerals such as immune-boosting zinc and potassium.  Remember, don’t go overboard as it does still contain sugar and calories so 30g a day is more than enough!

5) Healthy Heart

Dark Chocolate can help prevent white blood cells from sticking to the walls meaning it can keep your arteries healthy and unclogged. Eating a moderate amount of good quality (over 75%) dark chocolate can also lower blood pressure and improve blood flow!

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Best dairy alternative chocolate eggs for Easter

Allergy testing could help save your Easter. Find out what the best dairy-free chocolate Easter eggs for 2019 by checking out our blog below! With these dairy alternatives as ingredients, your time is now…

Luckily for those of you suffering from a dairy intolerance, there are plenty of dairy alternatives, meaning we could see vegan chocolate rising again! Check out these below and enjoy your Easter:

Vegan Easter eggs – Lindt

Filled with 70% of cocoa egg, a vegan Easter egg is perfect for those who either don’t eat vegan produce or can’t eat dairy. Lindt offers these wonderful gifts which you can pick up easily, some people are saying they might even order more than one!

More Vegan Eggs from Aldi – £4.99

This Easter has seen Aldi offer their first-ever vegan Easter Egg is also organic, and free from dairy and gluten. Coming with hazelnut truffles, you’ll be sure to pick this one up in time for the weekend. This is a perfect dairy alternative if you are looking to avoid your intolerance or allergy symptoms.

Vegan Eggs – Hotel Chocolat – £6

Hotel Chocolat delivers a vegan Easter egg which is a favourite of ours at Lifelab Testing, especially those of us who are aware of the perils of eating vegan chocolate. Do be warned though, as, from our own experiences, you will be tempted to get your hands on more than one.

Rhythm 108 Chocolate Truffle Mini Eggs – £1.25

Sometimes, you are not always in the mood for an Easter Egg. There is a temptation to often purchase small mini eggs as you might not always be in the mood. They are a good treat to share, but they also can be brilliant to eat, and perhaps most importantly, they are the best dairy alternatives. Get yours here today.

For more information on allergy testing and finding some true dairy alternatives for Easter eggs, please log on to www.lifelabtesting.com. If you want to find out if you need to find dairy alternatives because you have a dairy allergy or an intolerance to dairy. Pick up your test today and recommend them to your friends!