Choosing fancy chocolates over quality pralines
Let’s face it – eating chocolates on occasion is absolutely okay – but there’s a lot of consideration that needs to be made when choosing the brand. Therefore, go only for the quality pralines! And most of all, don’t be clutched by choosing the fancy stuff.
There is a difference between (plain) chocolate and chocolates (bonbons or pralines). Pralines are filled chocolates and of course the filling contains much more ingredients than just chocolate.
Why choosing only quality pralines?
Chocolate can provide a daily dose of much needed antioxidants and minerals. On the other hand it can also be full of chemicals and artificial ingredients.
Bottom line, fancy colored chocolates might contain all kind of unhealthy ingredients. Chocolates with chemical fillers and fake ingredients, that don’t have natural colors, must be colored to become darker. Caramel coloring may sound natural but it isn’t. It is manufactured in a very harmful way. Sugar reacts with ammonia and sulfites under high pressure and high temperature. The chemical reaction forms 2 substances which cause leukaemia, lung-, liver- or thyroid cancer in rats and mice. This artificial color (also used in some soft drinks) should be banned following the American health lobby group CSPI.
You wouldn’t want to buy those cheap chocolates and certainly not eat them!
Just look at this ingredients to avoid in chocolate(s):
- High Fructose Corn Syrup (HFCS)
- Genetically Modified Organisms (GMO’s)
- Partially Hydrogenated Oils (a.k.a. Trans Fat)
- Artificial Colors
- Artificial Flavors
- Chemical preservatives
Where do I find quality chocolate?
The country with the highest quality assurance when it comes to chocolate is Belgium. The Royal Belgian Association CHOPRABISCO represents the Belgian chocolate industry and sets the Belgian High Quality Standard. Its quality Code binds the chocolate members. Genauva Premium Belgian Chocolate meets this high quality standard.
Don’t be tricked into buying a chocolate brand with questionable ingredients. In conclusion, avoid buying cheap, harmful, and potentially dangerous chocolate. Not every luxurious, gold colored box contains quality chocolate(s).
Written by: Hilde Van den Bossche, CEO