What is couverture chocolate? What are its benefits?

Couverture chocolate is a very high-quality chocolate that contains a higher percentage of cocoa butter than baking or eating chocolate.
Couverture chocolate is a very high-quality chocolate that contains a higher percentage of cocoa butter than baking or eating chocolate.(Shutterstock)
Couverture chocolate is a very high-quality chocolate that contains a higher percentage of cocoa butter than baking or eating chocolate.(Shutterstock)
Published on Oct 31, 2016 04:49 PM IST
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By IANS, New Delhi

Couverture chocolate, which is cocoa butter from the purest and the richest cocoa beans from around the world, has various health benefits. Cocoa butter helps in anti-aging, and improved skin health, says an expert.

What are the benefits of couverture chocolates?

1 Cocoa is one of the highest known natural sources of anti-oxidants in the world. It is rich in Flavan-3-ol, anti-oxidant compounds which can improve cognition, lower blood pressure and increase circulations.

2 Cocoa butter used in couverture has lower melting point. This increases ‘friendly cholesterol’ HDL levels and maintains total cholesterol level.

3 Cocoa butter which is one of the main ingredients in the preparation of couverture chocolates, helps in combating kidney problems and also prevents cardiac diseases.

4 Real couverture dark chocolate is said to reduce risk of arteriosclerosis (thickening of walls of arteries in a person’s body which hampers the blood flow).

5 The phenethylamine present in chocolate uplifts one’s mood instantaneously.

6 Due to low glycemic index of chocolate, one can be carefree about surge in blood sugar levels.

7 Theobromine present in couverture chocolate hardens tooth enamel and cures cough.

8 Flavonoids present in cocoa can help one in getting glowing and healthier skin.

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