Sales of Chocolate Gifts rise as Health Benefits are Revealed

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Every time scientists come up with new health or beauty benefits of chocolate our sales of chocolate gifts rise.

And why not? Considering its many benefits a little of what you love and often, can only be a good thing. Chocolate subscription services are a brilliant idea because you can buy a gift that keeps on giving. A regular supply of chocolate coming through the letterbox is a chocoholic’s dream!

Chocolate health benefits

Many studies have been done over the past few years indicating health benefits that can be attributed to the consumption of chocolate.

The antioxidants contained in chocolate (epicatechins and flavanols) assist with blood flow and lower hypertension. They also reduce the risk of coronary attacks and strokes.

Consuming chocolate protects our skin from the harmful rays of the sun reducing the wrinkle effect and therefore giving us a better complexion.

A recent study revealed that eating a small amount of chocolate 5 times per week can lower our Body Mass Index (BMI). The treat also reduces cortisol levels which in turn lowers our stress.

Research from Finland suggests that chocolate consumed during pregnancy decreases stress in mothers. Babies born to expectant mothers in Finland were found to smile more frequently if Mum has eaten chocolate whilst pregnant.

These health benefits combined give us the “feel good” and “look good” factors.

Using chocolate gifts healthily

Cocoa has been found to reduce inflammation in mice, following research carried out at Penn State University in Pennsylvania. If the same applies to humans, it is possible that drinking cocoa as a regular part of your diet may diminish some of the symptoms of diabetes. However, here are some guidelines for using cocoa and chocolate healthily.

  1. Dark chocolate contains sufficient flavanols to enhance your health
  2. Ordinary milk chocolate may not contain sufficient polyphenol to make any difference. Milk and sugar content may also negate any beneficial effects.
  3. Cocoa is best made with milk but for health benefits use the skimmed variety. Put sweeteners in it if desired rather than loading it with sugar.
  4. Around 30 grams of chocolate eaten per day is recommended to keep your heart healthy and reduce your stress.

As a comfort food chocolate has little to equal it. However, like many other foods it should be consumed in moderation.

Letterbox subscription services

Individual chocolate gifts or letterbox subscription services are available from Love Cocoa. Help someone look and feel better by having a regular supply delivered to them monthly. With a range of milk and dark chocolate, you can pick and mix. Visit the Love Cocoa website to check out what we have to offer.

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Valentine's Hamper for Her
A finely designed special ttreat.

I sent one each of "the for her " valentines hampers to each of my daughters . 1 lives and works abroad and is a high flyer in the design of a leading Companies products. She was most impressed with the packaging and presentation and hugely enjoyed the fine quality of the products ,especially the chocolate. The other daughter greatly enjoyed the thought as I am away, and
It gives the pick up she needed! So All very Happy if out of normal valentines context!!

Valentine's Hamper for Him
Something different

A nice variety of contents but still plenty of the lovely chocolate!

Delicious Vegan Chocolate

Deliciously minty, smooth dark chocolate - I loved it! :)

Thanks Joanne!
New Kid on the Chocolate Block

I ordered this for my wife's birthday - she and my brother in law were not sure of the avocado/ chocolate mix, but I thought it worked very well.

Thank you! Enjoying the 'chocolate block' phrase, very good!
Good idea - better with a tweak

Great box but it could have looked more like books.

Hi James, glad you like it - will take your comments on board!