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Do You Know The Difference Between White Chocolate and Other Chocolates?

Do You Know The Difference Between White Chocolate and Other Chocolates?

The white chocolate trend has left many wondering what it really is. Since it lacks the main ingredient of the regular chocolate – cocoa powder, its chocolate nature has been rightfully questioned. White chocolate is made of cocoa butter, the fat is removed from cocoa liquor after it’s pressed giving it its ivory color, 14% total milk solids, 3.5% milk fat, and no more than 55% sugar or other sweeteners. Apart from not containing addictive caffeine like dark chocolate, white chocolate has many other health benefits since its main ingredient cocoa butter. It doesn’t contain carcinogenic mycotoxins and aflatoxins and it has a positive impact on platelet function.

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    White chocolate nutrition profile

    Nutrition fact for a serving size of 170g

    • 100.7g Carbs
    • 54.6g Fat
    • Saturated fat 33g
    • Monounsaturated fat 15.5g
    • Polyunsaturated fat 1.7g
    • 10g Protein
    • 916.3 Calories
    • Vitamin B12 1μg 40%

    White chocolate health benefits

    White chocolate has been getting bad rep due to sugary commercial options that are quite unhealthy. Original white chocolate actually has many health benefits

    1. Less oxidation

    During cooking and storage process, white chocolate undergoes remarkably little oxidation, which makes it a safe, non-carcinogenic option. Another study has found that cocoa butter shows better improvement of resistance to oxidation on rats than vegetable oil.

    2. Can help prevent fatty liver condition Endotoxemia

    A study conducted on rats has shown the positive impact of saturated fats on endotoxemia. Being high in saturated fats, white chocolate could possibly have the potential to protect against fatty liver condition.

    3. Doesn’t contain mycotoxins and aflatoxins

    According to a research study out of Health Canada, cocoa butter found in white chocolate doesn’t contain carcinogenic mycotoxins and aflatoxins, unlike dark chocolate that showed existence of the toxins during analysis.

    4. Positive effect on platelet function

    In a trial at Aberdeen University in the U.K. analyzed effects of white and dark chocolate on platelet function on men and women. The results showed significantly improved platelet function in men consuming white chocolate compared to the effects of dark chocolate.

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    5. Reduced chances for allergies

    Unlike caffeine and theobromine rich dark chocolate that has the potential to cause allergies and pose life threat to cats and dogs, white chocolate is a much safer choice, since it has been proven to contain low levels of theobromine.

    White chocolate side effects

    While there are no particularly harmful side effects of eating white chocolate in moderation, it is important to emphasize that its nutritional value, health benefits, and side effects vary greatly depending on the product. Make sure to check for high levels of cocoa butter (around 30%), and no more than 55% of sugar for best white chocolate quality.

    Recommended daily consumption

    Due to the high levels of added sugar in white chocolate, over-consumption can lead to weight gain, tooth decay, type II diabetes, and heart disease. In order to avoid negative side effects of added sugar, the American Health Association suggests that women limit daily intake to 100 calories per day (25 grams or 6 teaspoons), while for men the maximum amount of added sugar daily are 150 calories per day (37.5 grams or 9 teaspoons).

    Healthy white chocolate recipes for you to try at home

    If you have decided to join the white chocolate trend, here are some healthy and simple white chocolate recipes that you can try at home.

    Sugar free white chocolate

      Unlike most commercial white chocolate, the sugar free white chocolate recipe suggests minimum amount of sweetener that keeps the dessert healthy while still providing original white chocolate taste.

      4-Ingredient Vegan White Chocolate Recipe

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        Creamy and rich white chocolate coating for seasonal fruits will enrich your deserts while keeping them healthy and allergy free.

        White Chocolate Chips (Dairy, Sugar, and Soy Free)

          One of the best recipes for anyone who wants to enjoy the rich white chocolate taste minus the sugar, dairy or soy usually found in commercial options.

          Healthy Low-Carb White Chocolate

            Keto- and paleo-friendly sugar free white chocolate that can be used to make bars, fudge, coating for truffles. and hot chocolate.

            4-ingredient vegan white chocolate + vegan raspberry white chocolate bunnies

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              Healthy yet rich and creamy white chocolate recipe that blends perfectly into Easter table.

              White hot chocolate – caffeine free

                Healthy hot beverage to enjoy during the cold winter days without unhealthy additives or caffeine.

                Healthy no bake white chocolate raspberry protein cookies

                  Easy to make, vegan-friendly sugar free and gluten free cookies that provide great choice for a healthy protein snack.

                  Healthy White Chocolate Paleo Fudge

                    Smooth and decadent, white chocolate paleo fudge is another healthy, raw, white chocolate desert you can easily make at home and enjoy anytime.

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                    Paleo White Chocolate

                      Healthy, rich and creamy, here’s a paleo-friendly desert that brings out the original white chocolate flavor perfectly.

                      White Chocolate, Strawberry, and Oatmeal Cookies

                        These low-calorie, rich in fiber cookies provide a healthy white chocolate snack for entire family.

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                        Last Updated on December 9, 2019

                        5 Simple Ways to Relieve Stress Effectively

                        5 Simple Ways to Relieve Stress Effectively

                        Everyone experiences mental stress at one time or another. Maybe you’re starting a new career, job, or business, or you feel incredibly overwhelmed between work, parenting, and your love life (or a lack of it). It could even be that you simply feel that you have way too much to do and not enough time to do it,  plus, on top of everything, nothing seems to be going the way it should!

                        Yup, we all experience mental stress from time-to-time, and that’s okay as long as you have the tools, techniques and knowledge that allow you to fully relieve it once it comes.

                        Here are 5 tips for relieving mental stress when it comes so you can function at your best while feeling good (and doing well) in work, love, or life:

                        1. Get Rationally Optimistic

                        Mental stress starts with your perception of your experiences. For instance, most people get stressed out when they perceive their reality as “being wrong” in some way. Essentially, they have a set idea of how things “should be” at any given moment, and when reality ends up being different (not even necessarily bad), they get stressed.

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                        This process is simply a result of perception and can be easily “fixed” by recognizing that although life might not always be going as YOU think it should, it’s still going as it should—for your own benefit.

                        In fact, once you fully recognize that everything in your life ultimately happens for your own growth, progress, and development—so you can achieve your goals and dreams—your perception works in your favor. You soon process and respond to your experience of life differently, for your advantage. That’s the essence of becoming “rationally optimistic.”

                        The result: no more mental stress.

                        2. Unplug

                        Just like you might need to unplug your computer when it starts acting all crazy, you should also “unplug” your mind.

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                        How on earth do you unplug your mind? Simple: just meditate.

                        It isn’t nearly difficult or complicated as some people think, so, if you don’t already meditate, give it a try. Whether you meditate for 5 minutes, 30 minutes, or 2 hours, this is a surefire way to reduce mental stress.

                        Meditation has been scientifically proven to relax your body (resulting in less mental stress), while also reducing anxiety and high blood pressure.

                        3. Easy on the Caffeine

                        Yes, we know, we know—everyone loves a nice java buzz, and that’s okay, but there’s a fine line between a small caffeine pick-me-up and a racing heart and mind that throws you into a frenzy of mental stress.

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                        Try giving up caffeine for a while and see how you feel. And, if that’s completely out of the question for you, at least try to minimize it. You might find that lots of your mental stress mysteriously “disappears” as your caffeine intake goes down.

                        4. Attack Mental Stress Via the Back Door

                        That’s right: your body and mind are part of the whole being, and are constantly influencing and affecting each other. If you’re experiencing a lot of mental stress, try to reduce it by calming your body down—a calm body equals a calmer mind.

                        How do you calm your body down and reduce physical stress? A  great way to reduce physical stress (thereby reducing mental stress) is to take natural supplements that are proven to reduce stress and anxiety while lifting your mood. Three good ones to look into are kava-kava, St John’s wort, and rhodiola rosea:

                        • Kava-kava is a natural plant known to have mild sedative properties, and you should be able to find it at your natural health food store or vitamin store. It’s available in capsules or liquid extract form.
                        • St John’s wort is a natural flower used to treat depression. Again, it’s found at your local health store in capsules or liquid. Because it uplifts mood (enabling you to see the brighter side of all experiences) it helps relieve mental stress as well.
                        • Rhodiola rosea is a natural plant shown to reduce stress and uplift mood, and Russian athletes have been using it forever. Like the other two supplements mentioned, rhodiola rosea can be found at your natural health store in capsule or liquid form.

                        While these supplements are all natural and can be very helpful for most people, always check with your health care provider first as they can cause side-effects depending on your current health situation etc.

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                        5. Good Old-Fashioned Exercise

                        This tip has been around forever because it works. Nothing relieves mental stress like running, kickboxing—you name it. Anything super-physical will wipe out most of your mental stresses once the exercise endorphins (happy chemicals) are released into your brain.

                        The result: mental stress will be gone!

                        So, if you’re feeling overwhelmed or just plain stressed, try using some of the above tips. You can even print this out or save it to refer to regularly.

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