It is one of our favorite comfort foods: greedy, tasty, energizing and with a pampering effect, chocolate is definitely the best friend of a good mood. Now, the good thing can be good about the belly as well. In its most innovative version it contains in fact a vegetable fiber obtained from chicory, with a high FOS content (fructo-oligosaccharides), used instead of traditional sweeteners to reduce caloric intake and at the same time add a regulating action on the development of intestinal flora. All with multiple benefits. “Limiting the use of sugars and sweeteners has significant health benefits, and not only in terms of reducing body weight, but also to contain the risk of developing fatty liver, type 2 diabetes and heart disease,” he explains. Lorenzo Bergami, sports nutritionist and ISSN member (International Society of Sport Nutrition). Not only that: “The use of vegetable fibers instead of sugars is an extraordinarily innovative idea, as well as healthy, because it allows you to embrace the philosophy of” with “rather than” without “, while maintaining the pleasure of taste, essential for a sense of fulfillment », he adds. “Generally, the use of vegetable fibers allows not only to reduce the total sugar intake and keep the glycemic index low, but also to help the regular development of the intestinal flora, without having laxative effects. Furthermore, vegetable fats and fibers act synergistically, contributing to an increase in the sense of satiety ».
The novelty in question is the Venchi -70% chocolate line, which includes bars and chocolates of all kinds with a specific goal: to offer people who wish to keep their daily sugar intake under control, the opportunity to enjoy moments of pleasure, choosing between good, natural and balanced products. In addition to a more pleasant flavor than that given by classic sweeteners, Venchi’s 70% chocolate, in fact, has a balanced recipe that tends to keep the pleasure unchanged while ensuring the sense of satiety.
The benefits of FOS for health
Compared to other sweeteners used in particular in chocolate, fructo-oligosaccharides have various benefits on the front of insulin resistance and diabetes. In fact, they favor an improvement in blood sugar, lipid and immunological profiles, as well as reducing the risk of cardiovascular disorders.
More, they preserve intestinal balance, thanks to their prebiotic effect of selective growth of good bacteria. “The direct consequences of this action are a preventive effect against metabolic pathologies, a better function of the immune system, a greater intestinal regularity and a greater absorption of nutrients”, specifies the nutritionist.
The 5 benefits of dark chocolate
1.It is one of the best sources of antioxidants. It contains, among others, polyphenols, flavonoids, catechins
2.It is rich in potassium, phosphorus, zinc and selenium
3. Contains soluble fiber (10 grams per 100 grams, in the case of 70% dark chocolate) and is rich in minerals
4.It has a good fatty acid profile, as it contains oleic acid, a heart-healthy fat that is also found in olive oil., Stearic acid (which has a neutral effect on body cholesterol) and palmitic acid.
5. Studies show it can reduce the risk of heart disease