Why chocolate is good for your microbiota!

Dark chocolate is pleasing to many, because it is very well known to be good for your health. Not only is chocolate rich in interesting molecules like polyphenols, flavonoids, magnesium and several vitamins, but it is also very good for our intestinal microbiota.

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The intestinal microbiota

The microbiota is formed by bacteria, yeasts, fungi, live viruses in the gut. These microorganisms play an eminent role in the immune system of our body, digestive functions, metabolic. They are involved in the processes of aging and in the onset of many chronic diseases. Although there are still many questions to be clarified about the microbiota, one thing is certain, its diversity, its composition in good bacteria and its balance are very essential for good health.

Dark chocolate improves the growth of good bacteria 

Like fiber, chocolate is also a prebiotic. It is used as food by the good bacteria of the intestine, such as bifidobacteriums and lactic acid bacteria, because of its richness in polyphenols. When a person eats dark chocolate, these bacteria increase and modify the polyphenols of chocolate anti-inflammatory. These good bacteria multiply to reduce the rate of bad bacteria in the digestive tract causing gas, bloating … In 2011, a scientific study showed that daily consumption of a high-cocoa beverage favors populations of good bacteria (bifidobacteria and lactobacilli) and decreases Clostridia. These changes are associated with a significant reduction in markers of inflammation such as triglycerides.

 

An anti-inflammatory action

Another study that took place in 2014 also certified that cocoa powder was poorly absorbed by the intestine. When the cocoas are in the colon, the good bacteria feed on them and ferment the fibers while transforming the polyphenols into anti-inflammatory compounds. Consuming dark chocolate is then very good for the health of all, especially for people who suffer from irritable bowel syndrome. Dark chocolate favors bifidobacteria and lactobacilli while lowering Clostridias. In conclusion, to enjoy the benefits of cocoa, we must prefer a dark chocolate, concentrated in cocoa (minimum 70%).

 

where to find the ideal Christmas hamper in Singapore

look no further ! at Laurent Bernard chocolatier we have all what s needed .

from excellent champagne, fine tea, gourmet cakes and of course our exceptional chocolate, have a look at what s we having in store for you this year.

hamper all i wantthis is our : all i want for Christmas “2019, this hamper include :

– Chocolate Box 9pcs
– Fruit Cake Deluxe 500 gr
– Small Snow man
– Macaroons box 6 pcs
– Christmas Cookies
– Leather Basket & Decoration

our fruit cake is home made, using only the best candied fruits from an orchard in south of France. Our macaroon will delight you.

next is Christmas chocolate hamper

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it’s important to say Thank You with a small token of appreciation from time to time. After all, you wouldn’t be in business if it wasn’t for your customers, so is all about building and preserving relationships, and what better way to demonstrate how much you value your relationship with your friends and associate than by offering them a gift. This amazing hamper is filled with a selection of our awarded home made chocolate, orangette, chocolate rocher, a must have for any chocolate lover.

  • Chocolate box 9pcs
  • Christmas tree small
  • Orangette box
  • 4 Single Origin Bars
  • Snowman Small
  • Hazelnut coated chocolate
  • Milk Chocolate Rocher
  • 1 large leather box
  • Christmas Decoration

this now the Christmas champagne hamper

Hamper champagne

This Christmas hamper is sure to please! fill with our awarded chocolates, homemade fruit cake, Macaroons, Orangette, chocolate Christmas tree filled with chocolate Rocher, and a bottle of champagne Moet & Chandon 750 ml.  Presented in a reusable, luxurious basket, send this Christmas hamper gift to your loved ones today.

Champagne Moet brut Bottle 750ml

Season Greetings Chocolate Box 16pcs

Christmas deluxe fruit cake 500 gr

Macaroons box 6 pcs

Small Christmas Tree

Orangette

Leather Box & Decorations

Christmas tea time hamper

Hamper tea time

Christmas won t be Christmas without hamper, this tea time hamper is full of indulgent seasonal favorite , our home made deluxe fruit cake won’t go unnoticed, French tea,macaroons  and a delicious panettone to go with, is all what you need for for a nice relaxing tea time with friends and associates.

this Hamper include :

  • Seasons Greeting chocolate box 16pcs
  • Christmas cookies
  • Fruit Cake Deluxe 500gram
  • Home Made Jam
  • Tea Tin 100 gr
  • Macaroon box 6pcs
  • Panettone 100gram in luxury pouch
  • Leather Box and Christmas Decoration

the Christmas deluxe grand hamper

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With the festive period just around the corner, it’s time to start thinking about the annual Christmas shopping list. Buying for friends or loved ones is essential – but don’t forget to reward your loyal friends and associate and corporate clients this year, too. With our Christmas hampers, you can send them a slice of appreciation mixed with a dash of professionalism and a touch of festive spirit all in one hamper.

Perfect for starting the festive celebrations, why not treat your client to a fine gourmet Christmas hamper? a luxury bottles of Champagne find the perfect tipple to tantalize their palette this Christmas. Why not try our absolute executive hamper? Let them crack open sparkling premium cuvée Champagne whilst indulging in ‘Classic’ chocolates and more. Perfect as a sharing hamper or for simply popping under the tree to tuck into come Christmas morning.

This amazing Deluxe Hamper Include :

  • Champagne Louis Roederer Cristal 2009 750 ml with gift box
  • Chocolate box 36 pcs
  • Chocolate Teddy bear filled with chocolate goodies 22 cm high
  • Chocolate Santa Large
  • Large chocolate christmas tree 22 cm
  • Chocolate Snow man small
  • Christmas cookies box
  • Christmas Fruitcake Deluxe 500gr
  • Loison Panettone 600gr
  • Macaroon box 6 pcs
  • Chocolate tuile box
  • Chocolate coated almonds
  • Orangette box
  • Chocolate coated hazelnut
  • Home made jam
  • Large lather hamper gift box
  • Christmas decorations
  • Free delivery.

* Laurent Bernard Chocolatier reserves the right to substitute products of equivalent value in the event of products being sold out.
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why are we offering Christmas present

If the popular tradition is that gifts are given on December 25 that has not always been the case. Christmas was not always synonymous with wrapped packages, from the gifts the Romans offered themselves, as we know them today, through the orange or the lump of coal.
Every year, young and old stop in front of the showcases of the big brands to admire automatons and carefully staged scenery. But this has not always been the case, and the tradition of giving gifts is actually quite recent.
It was at the end of the nineteenth century that the «Christmas gift» entered into customs. Encouraged by Haussmann’s work and the arrival of department stores, he became increasingly popular among aristocratic and bourgeois families. The practice is that on Nativity Day presents are offered only to children, as the Historia magazine recalls, and that adults exchange gifts on New Year’s Eve instead. The practice of buying Christmas presents dates back to ancient times, when the Romans celebrated the winter solstice and the arrival of a new year. One offers oneself Strenae (in Latin) wishing oneself a prosperous, happy and healthy year under the good guard of a goddess of health Strenia
An orange for wise and deserving children
The arrival of department stores and “the rise of the triumphant bourgeoisie have made Christmas one of the family’s great annual gatherings, gradually disguising the religious feast as a profane celebration,” explains Point Martyne Perrot, author of the Christmas present. Story of an invention (1). The child becomes heir to the family lineage and Christmas is the occasion to celebrate it.are offered to boys and girls. Lead soldiers or a mechanical train for one, sewing kits or a fake stove for the other. To these objects is added the notion of gift paper born also at the end of the 19th century – and with it, surprise and impatience at the sight of colored paper.
For children from more popular backgrounds, however, the gifts are more modest: cookies, gingerbread or small crafts toys. The wise and deserving children are fortunate to receive an orange, an extremely rare and expensive fruit at the time. The less wise receive a lump of coal.

Stories to wait for
Before Santa Claus took the role with flying colors, the families celebrated, according to the region and religion, Santa Claus (among the Protestants), Father Janvier, loaded with gifts in his winemaker’s hood, or the fairy Arie, deprived of baguette, according to Historia. All are supposed to come overnight to drop off the gifts to the children and are figures of benevolence and generosity.
Santa Claus, in his reindeer-drawn sleigh, was first sketched by an American pastor, Clement Clarke Moore, in 1823. The bishop’s mitre worn by Saint Nicholas is replaced by a cap and its handle trocked against a stick of barley sugar. His red costume was designed by illustrator Thomas Nast in 1860.
However, it is only at the beginning of the 20th century that Santa Claus will be a global success, to the great displeasure of the Catholic Church. Faced with the frequent confusion between the birth of Jesus and Santa Claus, an official warning was issued in 1952 by several bishops. A replica of the one the Americans call Santa Claus is even burned on the square of the church of Dijon. Since then, we know thatChristmas of Gifts has largely triumphed.

why Easter eggs are made of chocolate ?

The first chocolate eggs appeared in France and Germany in the 19th Century, but they were bitter and hard.
As chocolate-making techniques improved, hollow eggs like the ones we have today were developed.
They very quickly became popular and remain a favorite tradition with chocolate-lovers today.

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The chocolate Easter egg
The chocolate Easter egg has developed from the simple type wrapped in paper to the beribboned variety wrapped in brightest foil and packed in a box or basket.
The first chocolate Easter eggs were made in Europe in the early 19th Century with France and Germany taking the lead in this new artistic confectionery. A type of eating chocolate had been invented a few years earlier but it could not be successfully moulded. Some early eggs were solid while the production of the first hollow chocolate eggs must have been rather painstaking as the moulds were lined with paste chocolate one at a time!
John Cadbury made his first ‘French eating Chocolate’ in 1842 but it was not until 1875 that the first Cadbury Easter Eggs were made. This may have been because he was not sufficiently impressed with continental eggs to wish to compete with them or because he was too busy with other aspects of his growing business. In fact, progress in the chocolate Easter egg market was very slow until a method was found of making the chocolate flow into the moulds.
The modern chocolate Easter egg with its smoothness, shape and flavour owes its progression to the two greatest developments in the history of chocolate – the invention of a press for separating cocoa butter from the cocoa bean by the Dutch inventor Van Houten in 1828 and the introduction of a pure cocoa by Cadbury Brothers in 1866. The Cadbury process made large quantities of cocoa butter available and this was the secret of making moulded chocolate or indeed, any fine eating chocolate.
The earliest Cadbury chocolate eggs were made of ‘dark’ chocolate with a plain smooth surface and were filled with dragees. The earliest ‘decorated eggs’ were plain shells enhanced by chocolate piping and marzipan flowers.
Decorative skill and variety soon followed and by 1893 there were no less than 19 different lines on the Cadbury Brothers Easter list in the UK. Richard Cadbury’s artistic skill undoubtedly played an important part in the development of the Easter range. Many of his designs were based on French, Dutch and German originals adapted to Victorian tastes. From Germany came the ‘crocodile’ finish which by breaking up the smooth surface, disguised minor imperfections; still used today by some manufacturers, this was the forerunner to the many distinctive finishes now available.

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trip to cocoa plantation in vietnam

I recently went to visit a cacao -plantation un sud Vietnam, we first traveled to HCM ex Saigon to go further south to Mekong delta, in Ben Tre area. This plantation is organise as  a cooperative, the profit made from the cacao is use to finance a school for disabled  individual, some of them are blinds or deaf.

by using this chocolate we contribute to a better environment .

 

removing the impurities, selecting the bean manually is a long process.

imgp5776cacao bean are stored in bags before after been dry .imgp5771imgp5759 the cacao bean after fermentation, the drying  process is essential to a good conservation, if too much humidity left, the beans will get spoiled. imgp5766

during the fermentation process, the beans are covered with banana leave, this operation is important, it s where the cacao will develop it s aroma.

 

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dark chocolate, a guilty pleasure, not

What do dark chocolate, broccoli and almonds have in common?
They are good for the heart, along with healthy essentials like soya bean and wholegrains.
While a balanced diet should also cover heart-healthy nutrients, there are some variations to watch for.
Natural sources of soya, such as tofu, tempeh and natto, are better than textured soya protein, said registered dietitian Ujjwala Baxi, founder of nutrition consultancy Poshan – Cure thru Diet.
Natto tends to be genetically modified and made from soya beans which have been stripped of healthy fats.
Soya beans, which are packed with polyunsaturated fats, fibre, vitamins and minerals, have been shown in studies to reduce low-density lipoprotein (LDL), also known as bad cholesterol. It also helps to lower blood pressure.
Meanwhile, wholegrains contain antioxidants, such as phytoestrogens, that protect one against coronary heart disease.
“Try to include soluble fibres like oatmeal, barley, beans and red rice as they help to lower LDL,” said Ms Ujjwala. “Pick rolled oats over quick oats, and coarser broken wheat over refined versions like couscous and semolina.”
And while nuts can help lower the risk of heart disease by 29 per cent, according to a study, be wary of salted nuts as they may raise blood pressure, she said.
The common refrain that vegetables are good for you also applies to the heart. And leafy greens rich in chlorophyll, like broccoli, spinach and kale, may be especially beneficial for those on cholesterol-lowering statin drugs, she said.
This is because the medication can interfere with the production of a molecule called co-enzyme Q10, and chlorophyll can help to regenerate it. Co-enzyme Q10 is an important antioxidant that fights against heart disease, she said.
Chocolate, on the other hand, contains flavanols. Research has shown that flavanols may potentially benefit vascular health, such as by lowering blood pressure and improving blood flow to the brain and heart.
But dark chocolate trumps other varieties, such as milk and white chocolate, as it boasts a higher concentration of flavanols, as well as less sugar and fat.
This is because of its higher cocoa content. Dark chocolate contains 30 to 90 per cent cocoa, while white chocolate has only about 20 per cent.
For non-chocolate lovers, there is a wide variety of other options – cranberry, apple, onion, tea and red wine are also rich in flavanols.
Some foods to avoid are butter, sour cream and mayonnaise, which are high in saturated fat and can raise bad cholesterol levels.
“Chips and fries are among the worst foods, according to research,” said Ms Ujjwala. “They contain saturated fat, which causes your gut to expand and puts your heart in the danger zone.”
It is also wise to lower salt intake, which can elevate blood pressure.
One simple way is to use lemon juice instead of adding another dash of salt.
“Do not add salt to boiling water for pasta or vegetables while cooking. Instead, add it to the dish as its impact will be stronger.”

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is dark chocolate good for your health ?

milk chocolatebarMany people often believe that in order to live as healthily as possible, they need to eliminate all forms of sugary snacks from their diets.
Eating every month three chocolate bars can drastically reduce your risk of experience of heart failure, scientists said.

a recent study states that moderation, not deprivation, is key in preventing heart issues later on in life.
A team of researchers assessed more than half a million adults in order to determine how consumption of chocolate impacts heart health. They came to the conclusion that eating up to three chocolate bars a month can reduce risk of heart failure by 23 per cent in comparison to those who don’t eat any chocolate at all.
However, eating too much chocolate can lead to a 17 per cent increased risk of heart failure, which is why it’s important not to go overboard.

“I believe that chocolate is an important dietary source of flavonoids which are associated with reducing inflammation and increasing good cholesterol,”
Consuming flavonoids can increase the levels of nitric oxide found in the body, which in turn increases blood flow and improves circulation. “However, chocolate may have high levels of saturated fats,” I would say moderate dark chocolate consumption is good for health.”
Earlier this year, a study carried out in California concluded that eating dark chocolate can have a positive effect on your mental health by relieving stress and boosting memory function.
I will conclude than good quality dark chocolate is good for your health if eaten with moderation. Do not mistaken candy bar and chocolate, they contain a high level of fat and sugar. Continue reading “is dark chocolate good for your health ?”