Chocolate Weekly 16 – 2015

We have this week great news for all chocolovers.

Ramon Murato's chocolates. Photo: Ivan Raga

Ramon Morato’s chocolates. Photo: Ivan Raga

A new research has revealed that chocolate can aid weight loss when combined with a low-carb diet.

Chocolate is a rich source of bioactive compounds, particularly a group of molecules called flavonoids, plant compounds associated with several positive health impacts.

The German researchers divided volunteers aged 19 to 67 into three groups to find out whether consuming chocolate in combination with dietary interventions has no effect or it makes such diets even more effective in the right dose.

One group followed a strict low-carbohydrate diet, another group followed the low-carbohydrate diet and also consumed 42 grams of dark (81 percent) chocolate per day, and a control group followed their normal diet.

They found that the low-carb group lost weight compared to the control, but surprisingly, the low-carb plus chocolate group lost 10 percent more weight.

Johannes Bohannon, research director of the nonprofit Institute of Diet and Health, noted that the effect of chocolate is real, adding that it is not enough to just consume chocolate, but in combination with exercise and reduction in carbohydrates, the data indicate that chocolate can be a weight loss accelerator.

More: http://imed.pub/ojs/index.php/iam/article/view/1087

Another great news comes for the afternoon tea lovers:

Hideko Kawa's tea. Photo: Gavin Mills

Hideko Kawa’s tea. Photo: Gavin Mills

Hideko Kawa, founder of Sweetart Lab, in association with Cuisson and Laurent-Perrier have brought their latest gastronomic event to the famous Burlington Arcade with a one-of-a-kind pop-up afternoon tea. Taking place from Thursday 10th April 2015 – Friday 26th June 2015, Hideko and Cuisson are offering a modern interpretation of afternoon tea and turning this classic British custom on its head for an exceptional and memorable dining experience.

Combining cutting edge food with a truly unique and historical setting, the pop up is ground breaking, inventive and breathtakingly beautiful, giving afternoon tea an entirely contemporary makeover.

More: https://uk-offers.timeout.com/deals/food-and-drink-burlington-arcade-afternoon-tea

Éclairs by Joakim Prat. Photo: Laura Lajh Prijatelj

Éclairs by Joakim Prat. Photo: Laura Lajh Prijatelj

To make your week even better, we are glad to announce that long awaited Maitre Choux is finally open, so you can now enjoy the best éclairs in London. Have you read our interview with Joakim Prat? https://londonchocolovers.wordpress.com/2015/04/08/ten-minutes-with-joakim-prat-head-pastry-chef-at-maitre-choux-london/

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