The question of the day - is vegan chocolate healthy? With veganism is on the rise and many people are choosing to follow a plant-based diet for a variety of reasons. Understandably, people don’t want to miss out on their favourite treats. Luckily there are many wonderful vegan alternatives to all your favourite non-vegan products, but are they healthy?
Our chocolate buttons are vegan certified but one of the most common questions that pops up is - is vegan chocolate healthy?
The short answer is yes, our vegan chocolate buttons are 100% healthy when consumed with a balanced diet. And, with that in mind, you are free to enjoy chocolate to your heart’s content!
But, what is it about our vegan chocolate buttons that make them both nutritious and delicious?
Ingredients in vegan chocolate
You'll be speechless once you learn what's in our vegan chocolate. How are those ingredients capable of producing such delectable chocolate?
Let's get right to it before your mouths start watering!
What is included in vegan chocolate?
Chocolate comes from the cacao tree, making it vegan in its natural state. Vegan chocolate contains minerals and phenolic antioxidants such as:
And now for the most eagerly anticipated question - drumroll, please!
Does vegan chocolate contain protein?
There is a common myth that the only way to get your protein is from animal-based products. This belief could not be farther from the truth.
Some vegan chocolate does contain protein but, is it enough? At Push Chocolate, we include pea protein and rice protein in our vegan chocolate buttons to provide a complete amino acid profile.
Push chocolate buttons are higher in protein as they contain 21g of protein per/100g which makes them more balanced and satiating than other vegan chocolate brands on the UK market.
It will give you all the benefits of a chocolate protein bar, but with a taste so great you will wish you had found it sooner.
What is not included in vegan chocolate?
Hello, allergy-friendly chocolates!
As some of you might have guessed already, Push vegan chocolate is free from:
The Benefits of Vegan Chocolate - Is vegan chocolate healthy?
1. Vegan chocolate is dairy-free
This indicates that vegan chocolate contains less saturated fat than milk chocolate. Saturated fat raises your LDL cholesterol levels, putting you at risk for heart disease.
2. Vegan chocolate is more environmentally friendly
Vegan chocolate is often more environmentally friendly because it's made from cocoa beans that haven't been sprayed with pesticides or chemicals.
Imagine being part of a world where you’re helping the planet without having to cut off your favourite indulgent treats.
3. Vegan chocolate has a lower carbon footprint
The meat and dairy industries have a huge impact on our environment.
While there is no single solution that will fix this problem, we can make small changes in our daily lives to reduce our carbon footprint. One such change is ditching animal products and switching to plant-based alternatives.
The good news is that vegan chocolate uses vegetable fat sources instead of milk fat meaning it has a much lower carbon footprint than regular chocolate.
You can eat ethically without giving up your favourite decadent desserts!
4. Vegan chocolate is healthier than regular chocolate
Regular chocolate is not pure chocolate. It is chocolate that has been heavily processed. Because the same machinery is used to produce both milk and dark chocolate, even typical dark chocolate from the store may include traces of milk.
Vegan chocolate uses healthier fats such as rice milk or cocoa butter instead of milk.
At Push Chocolate, we use cocoa butter instead of palm oil or coconut oil since it is high in antioxidants and minerals like iron and magnesium that help support heart health and increase blood circulation.
Chicory root fibre which has a high concentration of inulin is another healthy ingredient that we use and there are 9g of fibre in every pouch of our vegan chocolate buttons.
We also have 43% less sugar in our Push Chocolate buttons than other vegan chocolate brands as we use unrefined Panela sugar and Inulin.
As you may have guessed it - yes vegan chocolate is healthy! If you're as enthusiastic about this new chocolate revolution as we are, you'll want to get your hands on our vegan chocolate buttons as soon as possible!
Trust us when we say that once you’ve tasted Push Chocolate, your palate changes and you’ll never want to eat regular chocolate again.
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