Valentine’s Day chocolate eats love and eats healthy and beautiful
Couples like to express their love with chocolate on Valentine’s Day, but recently the General Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine has exposed 234 wrong imported products, of which 12 foreign chocolates were exposed to excessive copper.
75% of the Rausk brand from Germany, 80% of cocoa dark chocolate, 4 batches of Zoute chocolate imported from Austria, and 4 batches of exotic cocoa dark chocolate imported from Italy were detected to exceed the standard.
High content of heavy metal copper in dark chocolate It is understood that the problem of the exposed chocolate is mostly dark chocolate with high cocoa content.
The main raw material of these chocolates, the high content of copper in the cocoa beans, results in a higher copper content in the final finished chocolate product.
Dong Jinshi, executive vice president and secretary general of the International Food Packaging Association, said that some of the cocoa beans are contaminated with soil, and the soil has high levels of heavy metals. They can be exposed to copper utensils in food processing or have high copper content and convenient transportation.Copper contamination in the middle may lead to excessive copper.
Although copper is one of the essential trace elements in the human body, if excessive intake into the liver, kidney function, the nervous system causes certain damage.
Chocolate with a higher cocoa content has antioxidant effects. Although cocoa beans may contain more copper, it is also a health benefit in chocolate.
Fan Zhihong, an associate professor in the Department of Nutrition and Food Safety, College of Food Science, China Agricultural University, said that some international studies have shown that polyphenols in powder can provide a large number of antioxidants, reduce blood coagulability, lower blood pressure, improve endothelial function and red blood cells.Deformability.
But not all chocolates contain excessive cocoa powder. Many chocolate cocoa ingredients sold in the country are low, and the sugar content is as high as 50%.
There are also some chocolate products that can’t even be called chocolate, some white chocolate and chocolate hot drinks.
These products contain cocoa butter and some oils, and some contain too much hydrogenated vegetable oil.
Cocoa butter and hydrogenated vegetable oils are not good for your health. They also lower the level of high-density lipoprotein cholesterol in the body, cause abnormal blood lipid metabolism, and increase the risk of diseases such as cardiovascular disease and diabetes.
Chocolates with a cocoa content of more than 65% are more bitter, but contain more cocoa powder.
Therefore, consumers should not only pay attention to the taste of chocolate when choosing chocolate, but also look at the chocolate ingredient list and buy healthy chocolate.