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

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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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                        The Importance of Making a Camping Checklist

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                        The Importance of Making a Camping Checklist

                        Camping can be hard work, but it’s the preparation that’s even harder. There are usually a lot of things to do in order to make sure that you and your family or friends have the perfect camping experience. But sometimes you might get to your destination and discover that you have left out one or more crucial things.

                        There is no dispute that preparation and organization for a camping trip can be quite overwhelming, but if it is done right, you would see at the end of the day, that it was worth the stress. This is why it is important to ensure optimum planning and execution. For this to be possible, it is advised that in addition to a to-do-list, you should have a camping checklist to remind you of every important detail.

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                        Why You Should Have a Camping Checklist

                        Creating a camping checklist makes for a happy and always ready camper. It also prevents mishaps.  A proper camping checklist should include every essential thing you would need for your camping activities, organized into various categories such as shelter, clothing, kitchen, food, personal items, first aid kit, informational items, etc. These categories should be organized by importance. However, it is important that you should not list more than you can handle or more than is necessary for your outdoor adventure.

                        Camping checklists vary depending on the kind of camping and outdoor activities involved. You should not go on the internet and compile a list of just any camping checklist. Of course, you can research camping checklists, but you have to put into consideration the kind of camping you are doing. It could be backpacking, camping with kids, canoe camping, social camping, etc. You have to be specific and take note of those things that are specifically important to your trip, and those things which are generally needed in all camping trips no matter the kind of camping being embarked on.

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                        Here are some tips to help you prepare for your next camping trip.

                        1. First off, you must have found the perfect campground that best suits your outdoor adventure. If you haven’t, then you should. Sites like Reserve America can help you find and reserve a campsite.
                        2. Find or create a good camping checklist that would best suit your kind of camping adventure.
                        3. Make sure the whole family is involved in making out the camping check list or downloading a proper checklist that reflects the families need and ticking off the boxes of already accomplished tasks.
                        4. You should make out or download a proper checklist months ahead of your trip to make room for adjustments and to avoid too much excitement and the addition of unnecessary things.
                        5. Checkout Camping Hacks that would make for a more fun camping experience and prepare you for different situations.

                        Now on to the checklist!

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                        Here is how your checklist should look

                        1. CAMPSITE GEAR

                        • Tent, poles, stakes
                        • Tent footprint (ground cover for under your tent)
                        • Extra tarp or canopy
                        • Sleeping bag for each camper
                        • Sleeping pad for each camper
                        • Repair kit for pads, mattress, tent, tarp
                        • Pillows
                        • Extra blankets
                        • Chairs
                        • Headlamps or flashlights ( with extra batteries)
                        • Lantern
                        • Lantern fuel or batteries

                        2.  KITCHEN

                        • Stove
                        • Fuel for stove
                        • Matches or lighter
                        • Pot
                        • French press or portable coffee maker
                        • Corkscrew
                        • Roasting sticks for marshmallows, hot dogs
                        • Food-storage containers
                        • Trash bags
                        • Cooler
                        • Ice
                        • Water bottles
                        • Plates, bowls, forks, spoons, knives
                        • Cups, mugs
                        • Paring knife, spatula, cooking spoon
                        • Cutting board
                        • Foil
                        • soap
                        • Sponge, dishcloth, dishtowel
                        • Paper towels
                        • Extra bin for washing dishes

                        3. CLOTHES

                        • Clothes for daytime
                        • Sleepwear
                        • Swimsuits
                        • Rainwear
                        • Shoes: hiking/walking shoes, easy-on shoes, water shoes
                        • Extra layers for warmth
                        • Gloves
                        • Hats

                        4. PERSONAL ITEMS

                        • Sunscreen
                        • Insect repellent
                        • First-aid kit
                        • Prescription medications
                        • Toothbrush, toiletries
                        • Soap

                        5. OTHER ITEMS

                        • Camera
                        • Campsite reservation confirmation, phone number
                        • Maps, area information

                        This list is not completely exhaustive. To make things easier, you can check specialized camping sites like RealSimpleRainyAdventures, and LoveTheOutdoors that have downloadable camping checklists that you can download on your phone or gadget and check as you go.

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