Treating yourself to delicious chocolate doesn’t have to be a guilty pleasure – when eaten in moderation it can have a positive impact on your wellbeing. Sometimes the information that you see about chocolate can be confusing or misleading, so here is what you should know.

Chocolate not only tastes amazing, but it also has a number of different benefits that can help us lead a happy and healthier life. The main nutrients that it provides come from the nutritionally rich cocoa plant and include fibre, minerals and flavanols. Chocolate with higher levels of cocoa retain even more of the nutrients from the cocoa plant and pack a healthier punch.

Guilt-free pleasure

Milk chocolate and dark chocolate have their own health advantages and are both made with the cocoa plant, although dark chocolate contains more cocoa. Dark chocolate has lots of fibre, potassium and magnesium, whilst milk chocolate contains all the goodness found in milk, like calcium and vitamin B2.

Polyphenols are natural antioxidant compounds in fruits, vegetables, teas, red wine, as well as chocolate. They give these foods their special antioxidant powers and can boost wellbeing by protecting the body. Cocoa polyphenols are called flavanols.

Approved research shows that the cocoa flavanols found in chocolate can even help our bodies maintain normal blood circulation levels by preserving the elasticity in our blood vessels.

Savour the flavours

To really enjoy all the wonderful flavours that chocolate has to offer you need to give the mouth plenty of time to experience all the different taste sensations. The next chance you get to try some chocolate why not take your time; put a small piece of the chocolate onto your tongue and let it melt slowly. Ask yourself what kinds of textures and flavours it gives out. This is a good way to control how much you eat and helps you to fully enjoy all the tantalizing tastes of chocolate that you might miss.

Wellbeing plays a big role in how Fazer develops its products and services and we believe that a healthy diet means a balanced one. Fazer closely follows all the latest scientific developments about chocolate. We also run our own research programme that studies the health effects of chocolate, including its effect on blood pressure, mood and cognitive functions. Our goal is to improve knowledge about chocolate and discover more about what it does to our body and mind.