Our ingredients, explained.

 

We’ve worked super hard to make the best chocolate for your keto, low-carb lifestyle. And we're very happy with the result (our clients too 😉). Not only it has the perfect nutritional value for a low-carb, sugar-free diet, but it also tastes as good as your old favourite sugar-full chocolate.

Our Chocs are also free of preservatives, fillers or any of that stuff. We only use clean organic ingredients to make the most honest keto chocolate bar.

Are you wondering what these magical ingredients are? In this article we will break down our key ingredients and their wholesome benefits for your body and mind.

 

 

Organic Cacao

cacao beans

Cacao is what makes chocolate a delicious treat. But for us it’s not only about the taste. Cacao is also great for your health because it’s packed with antioxidants. But watch out because antioxidants can only do their job if the chocolate is made without fillers, milk, or sugar.

These ingredients block the properties of cacao, and that’s one of the reasons we don’t put any of that on our Funky Fat Choc bars

 

Benefits of cacao:

  • Antioxidant. Antioxidants are substances that prevent damage to our cells caused by free radicals. Free radicals are naturally produced by our bodies when converting food into energy, but also when we breathe or are exposed to sunlight.

    When in balance, it does no harm, but internal or external factors such as inflammation or UV exposure can cause the production of free radicals to increase.

    When you have more free radicals than antioxidants in your body, it can result in something called oxidative stress. Many diseases like cancer, diabetes and heart disease, have been linked to oxidative stress. Antioxidants help keep the free radicals in balance.

  • Source of healthy fats and minerals. Honest dark chocolate has plenty of healthy fats, soluble fiber, and minerals that are essential to our diet. Most of the fatty acids on a dark chocolate bar are good saturated and monounsaturated fats, not villains.

    An ounce (28g) of a 70-85% dark chocolate bar contains approximately this amount in percentage to daily recommended doses: 16% of magnesium, 19% of iron, 6% of zinc, 2% calcium, 25% copper, just to name a few.

  • Lowers risk of heart disease. Because dark chocolate is so rich in antioxidants, eating a little bit every day can support blood flow, blood pressure, and inflammation.

    It also works for reducing insulin resistance, another risk factor for heart disease and diabetes. Not only that, but by improving blood sugar control, it also helps manage cravings and keeps energy levels steady.

  • It’s an aphrodisiac. No wonder why chocolate is the number one gift on Valentine's day… Dark chocolate (70% and higher) is rich in a substance called phenylethylamine, which triggers the release of endorphin and feel-good dopamine, causing an estate of euphoria, joy and pleasure. Just like when you’re in love.

 


Cocoa butter

 

The history of the uses of cocoa goes back to around 3.000 years ago, when the ancient Aztecs and Mayans used it as medicine and even for currency. More recently, there has been research pointing out the benefits of this cacao form, since they contain compounds called phytochemicals that help staying healthy in many ways.

In case you’re not sure what cocoa butter is, it’s a type of fat that comes from cocoa beans. The beans are roasted, stripped and pressed to take out the fat. And that’s the butter we’re talking about. Let’s see why it’s great for you!

 

Benefits of cocoa butter:

 

  • High in fatty acids. What your body needs to stay active and nourished on a low-carb diet.

  • Helps reduces bad cholesterol. Cocoa butter contains stearic acid, which your liver quickly converts into a monounsaturated fat called oleic acid. This acid lowers levels of bad cholesterol and boosts levels of good cholesterol.

  • Vitamin E. Cocoa butter has a decent amount of this vitamin type and it’s really good for supporting good vision. It’s also great for your brain, skin and blood.

  • Helps reduce chances of liver disease. Some forms of liver disease are caused by a choline deficiency. Cocoa butter contains choline, so consuming it can help reduce the risk or manage symptoms of liver disease.

 

MCTs

Coconut oil from coconuts

 

From the start of Funky Fat Foods, we knew that we wanted to include MCTs in our bars. One of the main purposes of our chocolate was to make it functional and that's why we opted-in for an ingredient like MCTs, a source of pure power.

MCT is short for Medium-Chain Triglycerides. As the name suggests, they are medium-length chains of fatty acids found in oils, butter and other fats. They are the most common type of fat also in our bodies.

But what makes MCTs stand out from the long-chain fatty acids? Their shorter length. Unlike long-chains, MCTs go straight to the liver, which means they are absorbed much faster, taking minimal effort from the liver to convert MCTs into energy. They also can bring a bunch of health benefits.

 

Benefits of MCTs

 

  • Gives steady energy and mental clarity. MCTs are popularly known for their energy-boosting benefits because it’s quickly transformed into ketones, which are a more efficient and steady energy source than glucose. These go directly to your metabolism and brain, which is why promoting ketone production can help improve mental clarity and memory.

  • Helps you get into ketosis. In a low-carb diet, the organism gets in a state known as ketosis, where fats are burned for energy instead of carbs. Because carbs aren’t there to block MCTs, these become the main source of energy right away.

  • Helps reduce cravings. This is another awesome benefit of MCTs. Because they are fatty acids, they reduce appetite, which makes you feel full for longer periods of time, avoiding extra calorie consumption throughout the day.

  • Fights infections. C8 and C10 types have strong antibacterial and antifungal properties. These properties have shown effects in treatments of yeast infections, and even improving skin conditions like acne, psoriasis, and dermatophilosis.

 

 

Erythritol

erythritol keto sweetener

Erythritol is a low GI (glycemic index) natural sweetener that doesn't impact your blood sugar levels –even people with diabetes can consume erythritol!

Unlike other sugar substitutes, erythritol doesn’t have secondary effects like intestinal discomfort. It also tastes just like sugar (it’s a 70% as sweet as sugar) and it barely has calories (only a 6% compared to sugar).

Erythritol comes from a natural fermentation process of glucose, which is extracted from corn or wheat starch. It’s very similar to what happens in the wine production method.

 

Benefits of erythritol:

  • Anti-diabetic properties. If you ingest a dose of glucose your serum levels of glucose or insulin will increase in just 30 minutes. The same dose of erythritol, however, will not do that. More than 90% of ingested erythritol is rapidly absorbed and excreted, that’s why even people with diabetes can have it.

  • Helps to lose weight. Erythritol has a very low glycemic index (GI), as low as zero. When you have it in your body, it reduces the blood glucose build-up that triggers weight gain.

  • Prevents tooth decay. Erythritol restrains the growth of oral bacteria, which form a biofilm on your teeth that can be a cause of tooth decay. This leads to a reduction in the acid produced by your gut, so your teeth will likely be free of caries and plaques, too.

  • Gut-friendly. Erythritol’s molecule is small and simple: four carbon atoms. This and its low GI make it really easy for your gut to digest, slowly and almost completely.

  • Potent antioxidant. Just like cacao, erythritol is a potent killer of free radicals thanks to its antioxidant power. This means it fights against oxidative stress, preventing cancer, diabetes and heart disease. Not bad for a sugar substitute, huh?

 


When we say that our Chocs are a real treat, now you know why 😊

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