Chocolution

Changing chocolate for good

Frequently Asked Questions

How can chocolate be good for me?

Chocolate is perceived to be bad for health is because of all the refined sugar, hydrogenated vegetable fats and additives that are used to make commercial chocolate. These man-made ingredients are the key causes of obesity and heart disease. Our recipe is free from refined sugar, dairy, hydrogenated fats and additives. We only use cacao mass, coconut palm sugar and cacao butter in our chocolate.

Okay, but is it actually going to improve my health?

Yes. Raw (undutched) cacao contains up to three times the amount of antioxidant flavanols of the dutched cacao. Evidence shows that flavanols may reduce risk of heart disease, reduce effects of aging and guard against chronic degenerative diseases.

Check out or blog to stay up to date with the latest research regarding cacao and health.

What is dutching?

Dutching involves defatting, roasting and chemically processing the cacao bean. Most regular chocolate is made from dutched cacao. Unfortunately, compared to natural cacao powder, alkali treatment or dutching does substantially reduce the level of flavanols in cacao powders. At The Chocolution we bring you the full flavour and health properties of the bean by using cacao that has not been dutched.

By not heating any of our ingredients above 42C we preserve all of the health properties of cacao.

Won’t it make me fat?

Not as part of a balanced diet. Cacao butter is primarily composed of stearic acid. Stearic acid is less likely to be incorporated into cholesterol esters, in clinical studies stearic acid was associated with lowered LDL cholesterol in comparison with other saturated fatty acids.

Avoid foods with hydrogenated fats in them. Your body has not evolved to digest them: they have even been banned in Denmark because no safe level of consumption has been detected.

Why does chocolate make me happy?

Cacao contains over 300 different compounds that interact with your body and mind. These include Anandamide, a neurotransmitter which is known as 'the bliss chemical' for its effects on mood, and Phenylethylamine (PEA), which is released when you are in love and also controls the ability to focus attention and stay alert.

Other compounds include:

Dopamine (a neurotransmitter)
Serotonin (anti-stress neurotransmitter)
Tryptophan (anti-depressant amino acid)

Are your ingredients organic?

Yes, all our ingredients have been produced using organic farming techniques. This is important to us because organic farming is good for the planet and ensures the food you eat is rich in nutrients.

Are your ingredients fairly traded?

Yes. We go to extensive lengths to ensure our ingredients are sourced ethically. We work closely with partners who import the best quality cacao products from around the world.