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Supercandy? All About Candies With Superfood Ingredients



What exactly are superfoods? Perhaps you’ve heard this trendy new term and wondered exactly what it is referring to. Superfoods typically have a multitude of health benefits. They are rich in antioxidants, vitamins and minerals. These foods generally offer the maximum health benefits with a minimal amount of calories.

The term superfood has also been trending in the marketing of products that is geared towards the health-conscious consumer. Even though the term has not been officially sanctioned by the US Food and Drug Administration, it hasn’t stopped a growing number of people from being interested. Many are seeking products that can help them maintain healthy eating habits. So consumers have been buying more and more items with superfood ingredients over just the last couple of decades.

Now, you may be asking yourself: that’s great, but what does this have to do with candy? Well, there are many candies with superfood ingredients on the market these days and some of them may just surprise you. In this article, we’ll talk about what kinds of superfoods there are, and what we call “supercandy.” We’ll even have some good news for the chocolate lovers out there later on in the article, so keep reading!

What kinds of superfoods are there?

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The term “superfoods” became popular around the early part of the last decade, but the term has been around much longer than that. Around the time of the first world war, the United Fruit Company created an advertising campaign, explaining the massive health benefits of the banana. Soon after, the popularity of the term flourished in medical journals and academic texts by physicians and nutritionists as they discovered foods that could be used to treat certain medical conditions.

In modern times (with the wide use of the internet and people checking the ingredient list on food and beverage packaging more often), the term superfood has a much wider audience. As more and more people were searching for ways to improve their health and their overall eating habits, many online searches started to focus around an elite group of foods that are healthy, and free of saturated fat, preservatives and other chemicals.

These types of foods have been praised by doctors and nutritionists for their intrinsic health benefits. There are many kinds of superfoods out there and this list is by all means not a complete one. These are the most popular and most beneficial superfood items, according to the experts at Harvard Medical School:

• Berries • Fish • Leafy greens • Nuts • Olive oil • Whole grains • Greek yogurt • Cruciferous vegetables • Legumes • Tomatoes

As a general guideline, it is important not to focus on any one particular item on the list. Rather, it is always better to eat a variety of different foods that are both healthy and flavorful.

Some other items we would include in this list are avocados, coconut oil, kale, sea salt and of course, our favorite superfood of them all: dark chocolate and organic cacao.

We are excited to share with you the many, and often surprising health benefits of dark chocolate and cacao. Remember, we told you there would be great news for chocolate lovers!

The amazing healthy properties and benefits of eating dark chocolate

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According to many nutritional experts, eating chocolate with at least a 70% cacao content can have numerous health benefits. There are many ways to talk yourself into eating part of a dark chocolate bar, but now your health can be one of them too!

Dark chocolate is rich in antioxidants, called flavanols which can actually increase the body’s production of nitric oxide, which relaxes blood vessels, allows for better blood flow and can even lower your blood pressure.

With high levels of compounds like polyphenols and theobromine, cacao can heighten your high-density lipoprotein (good cholesterol) and lower your levels of low-density lipoprotein (bad cholesterol). This is why numerous studies have shown that eating dark chocolate can greatly reduce your risk for heart disease.

Dark chocolate can reduce stress, which is a major contributing factor to a variety of diseases.

Eating dark chocolate can also help you stick with your diet! Enjoying a piece or two of dark chocolate can help satisfy your cravings for something sweet, without sending you spiraling out of control into an unhealthy diet.

While dark chocolate is typically more bitter than milk chocolate, some people enjoy chocolates with no added sugars.

As we have discussed before in prior blog posts, consuming chocolate can elevate your mood and make you feel happy. Most dark chocolate bars also contain caffeine which can help you feel more productive and alert. What a great way to get you through that mid-afternoon slump!

Here’s some “Supercandy” that we are sure your customers will love!

Chuao Triple Nut Temptation

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You get two types of superfoods in just one bar! Chuao’s Triple Nut Temptation combines a decadent array of whole roasted almonds, pistachios and hazelnuts all encased in an electrifying, rich dark chocolate. These bars are fair trade certified, non-GMO and contain at least 60% cacao. Eating this dark chocolate bar will definitely make you feel great!

Hi-Chew Superfruit Mix

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The folks over at Hi-Chew sure know how to make some delicious sweet and chewy Japanese candy! Their “Superfruit Mix” incorporates acai berry, kiwi and dragon fruit flavors with a real chia seed coating. The unique texture feels like biting into your favorite fruit, but it’s a candy! These have been flying off the shelves since they first launched, so we know your customers are going to love them!

TCHO 81% Extra Dark Chocolate Bar

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TCHO chocolate bars are all made in Berkeley, California by expert chocolatiers. This bar offers one of the highest cacao contents of any on our website and features an incredible mix of flavors. Using cacao beans from four distinct origins makes for an intensely complex, yet delicious flavor profile. Try the TCHO 81% Extra Dark Chocolate Bar today!

We believe that these “supercandy” products will be a big hit with your customers. At Redstone Foods, we are constantly looking to feature a large variety of unique and appealing products that will grab the attention of consumers. With the emerging trend of superfoods, we don’t see an end in sight to their popularity.

Though it is important to note that occasionally eating superfoods won’t magically impact or improve your overall diet, they can be a great addition. If you tend to eat a diet that is high in saturated fat, processed foods and sugar, you could be putting yourself at a greater risk for health problems as you age. But we believe that eating a few sweet treats here and there are just one great way to enjoy some of the finer things in life.

At Redstone Foods, we feature a large variety of plant-based, gluten free and dairy free vegan candy products that we are sure your customers will love. Give us a call today, or sign up for an account online. We are always happy to serve you!