Cocoa beans are a vital ingredient in Fazer chocolate, and they go through a long process before being transformed into the sweet treats that are found on shop shelves. Cocoa beans grow in oval-shaped pods on trees and change from green to an orangey red colour when they are ripe. Once the cocoa pods have ripened, farmers carefully cut them down from the trees and remove the cocoa beans by hand.
Rich nutritional components
The cocoa bean has an abundance of rich nutritional components including potassium, magnesium, and fibre, all of which have a positive impact on our well-being. One of the lesser-known components of cocoa, however, is flavanols. Recent studies suggest that these tiny molecular compounds could hold the key to cardiovascular health.
An EU-authorised study claims that high levels of cocoa flavanols have a positive impact on elasticity of blood vessels which contributes to normal blood flow.
Agricultural practices and the processing of chocolate can all have an impact on the level of flavanols that reach the finished product. The more flavanols that make it into the chocolate, the better. Fazer is working hard to find ways to preserve as much cocoa flavanols in our chocolate as possible.
The study says that you need to consume at least 200mg of cocoa flavanols to achieve the health benefits. That is equivalent to four Karl Fazer Dark 70% chocolates or a third of a tablet of Fazer Pure Dark. The more cocoa that a piece of chocolate contains, the more nutrients from the cocoa fruit it will retain. Therefore, dark chocolate generally has more of these nutrients. However, milk chocolate often contains many of the healthy components of milk, such as calcium and vitamin B2.
Because they are a natural antioxidant, flavanols have been researched by the medical community and chocolate manufacturers like us. A Fazer study concluded, for instance, that chocolate can be included in a healthy and balanced diet. Other studies have found eating chocolate can help improve various other aspects of your well-being from cardiovascular health to cognitive performance.