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Chocolate That is Good for The Gut

Updated: Jan 2

I am thrilled to partner with ACAZEN on the launch of their new organic chocolate made with the finest cocoa beans from the Dominican Republic and Peru and naturally sweetened with date powder. These chocolate bars burst with long chocolate notes and hints of ripe fruit and are blended with sweet, caramel tasting dates, eliminating the need for any refined sugars. But what makes this chocolate even more special is the fact that it is enriched with ACAZEN’s acacia fibre - a type of dietary fibre that feeds our beneficial gut bacteria. Chocolate that is good for you and for your gut!


What is Acacia fibre?


Acacia fibre is a soluble, non-viscous fiber made from the dried, powdered tree sap of Acacia tree species commonly found in Senegal, Africa. It is easily incorporated into beverages and foods to naturally up their fibre content without affecting the taste, texture, smell or colour.


What is fibre and why is it important?


Dietary fibre is, in my opinion, the most underrated superfood - its benefits have been proven time and time again when it comes to reducing blood glucose levels, assisting in weight control and satiety; but now we know that dietary fibre is one of the most important elements for a healthy and robust gut microbiome.


Fibre is a type of carbohydrate that humans are not able to digest and break down in the stomach and small intestine - for that reason it is broken down (fermented) by the bacteria that reside in our large intestine serving as fuel for their proliferation. Fibre is broken down into four different categories: soluble, insoluble, resistant starch and prebiotic - the latest being particularly beneficial as it serves as food for our beneficial gut bacteria. Through the fermentation of dietary fibre, gut bacteria produce metabolites called Short Chain Fatty Acids (SCFAs), which play a key role in reducing inflammation, strengthening the immune system and modulating our mood among many other things.


What are the benefits of Acacia fibre?


Acacia fibre is a prebiotic fibre that has the ability to favourably alter the composition of our gut bacteria, leading to an increase in beneficial species such as bifidobacteria and lactobacilli. In addition, due to its long chain molecules, acacia fibre is less fermentable than most prebiotic fibres, making it more tolerable to individuals with a sensitive tummy.


How much fibre should I be having?


In the UK, adults are recommended to have 30g of dietary fibre per day for general health benefits. However, latest numbers suggest that the average fibre intake for adults is 18g, 60% of what it should be.


Each serving of ACAZEN’s chocolate (13g or 4 squares) has a whooping 2.9g of fibre, the same amount found in 100g of broccoli! That is of course not to say that you should be eating chocolate instead of vegetables, but to show the uniqueness of these chocolate bars and how they can contribute to your daily fibre intake within a balanced diet.


A gut-loving Christmas gift


Made with high quality ingredients, ACAZEN's chocolate bars are truly the best stocking filler for any chocolate lover and gut health enthusiast. Currently available in the UK, Germany & Austria, in bundles of 2, 4 and 6, great to share with friends and family over the festive season. To make things even better, both flavours are certified low FODMAP by Monash University, making them suitable for those with Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS).


ACAZEN has kindly offered a special discount code to my community, get 20% off on all products, including chocolate bundles and acacia fibre powders, with the code GUTFULNESS20 - valid until January 9th 2022.



References:

https://www.bda.uk.com/resource/fibre.html

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3705355/#B34-nutrients-05-01417

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC7918852/

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3435782/








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