Chocolate Palm Oil – Bad for the Enivornment, Health and Taste

Chocoalte Containing Palm Oil

When cocoa prices spiked a few years ago most of the mass market chocolate makers started replacing natural cocoa butter with palm oil to save money. The resulting chocolate doesn’t have the same authentic chocolate taste and is often described as waxy and greasy. Palm oil simply doesn’t have the same flavour and melt in the mouth texture.  Apart from it being bad for the environment and orangutans its bad for health and doesn’t taste good! Support chocolate makers that use cacao butter.

I made this short video after seeing the vast majority of chocolate eggs on sale were made with palm oil. A small percentage do claim to be from sustainable sources but corruption in the supply chain is apparently rife so even “sustainable palm oil” may contribute to the destruction of the rainforest.

Does Chocolate Now Not Taste as Good?

More Sugar Less Cocoa

Also, many chocolate makers did change their recipes to add more sugar and less cocoa when the cocoa price spiked making the resulting chocolate oversweet and even more detrimental to health.

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  • All Chocolate Lovers Need to know this
  • Does chocolate now not taste as good?
  • Many chocolate makers have replaced cocoa butter with palm oil.
  • This increases profits as palm oil is cheaper & doesn’t require tempering.
  • Palm oil production is responsible for the destruction of the rainforest.
  • This threatens the survival of orangutans.
  • Palm oil found in chocolate is highly processed and is not healthy.
  • Palm oil chocolate doesn’t taste good; often described as waxy and greasy with less taste.
  • Cocoa butter is crucial to the real flavour of chocolate.
  • Cocoa butter is made by pressing cocoa beans to extract the butter. It tastes smooth, buttery and melts in the mouth.
  • “Chocolate” made without cocoa butter is vegelate.
  • Palm oil can be hidden as vegetable oil and difficult to detect.
  • For good quality chocolate only buy chocolate made with cocoa butter and no added oil.
  • Share this if you don’t want palm oil in chocolate.
  • Tag a friend that loves chocolate.

For vegan and healthy chocolate recipes free of palm oil (like Nutella-free Nutella fudge) see Nest and Glow Healthy Recipes.

Normal Jelly Sweets and Healthy Vegan Fruit Juice Sweets

Normal Jelly Sweets Vs Healthy Vegan Jelly Sweets

Do you know what most normal jelly sweets contain? From connective tissue to artificial dyes that have been shown in scientific studies to cause certain cancers.

Check out the video below on normal jelly sweet and a recipe for healthy vegan jelly sweets.

What Normal Jelly Sweets Contain and A Recipe for Healthy Vegan Fruit Juice Sweets

Normal jelly sweets contain:

  • Skin, bones and connective tissue. These are boiled to make gelatin. This has a very unpleasant and offensive smell.
  • Artificial food Dyes. Studies have shown some of these dyes cause ADHD in children and have been linked to several cancers. Also, other studies show that they can reduce the IQ of children and have an effect on brain functions.
  • Sugar or High Fructose Corn Syrup. Both of these highly refined sugars contain no nutrition and cause obesity, diabetes and tissue damage. In the US most corn syrup is GMO.
  • Artificial Flavours. These come from anything that is inedible (like petroleum) that is processed to create flavourings. They are very cheap for a manufacturer so it’s a sign of a low-quality product.

There is a very healthy alternative to the mass-produced jelly sweets. You can make your own with just fruit, the seaweed agar agar and an optional sweetener.

Agar agar helps to make the sweets set like a firm jelly. It can be purchased inexpensively from Asian shops – just make sure to buy the powder as it’s the most potent.

Just juice your fruit, add a natural sweetener with nutrition and then simmer with the agar agar for 5 minutes. Pour into a mould and leave for a few minutes to set. Read the full Fruit Juice Jelly Sweets Recipe.

10 Things You Need to Know About Sensitive People

10 Things to know about sensitive people

They have incredible empathy, Worry endlessly about hurting other people’s feelings, Own feelings are easily bruised.

They struggle to make decisions, they weigh up every single possible outcome, even if there is no “right” or “wrong”

They Easily get overwhelmed and overstimulated, something annoying is likely to be amplified for a highly sensitive person, Can get very hangry.

They are Prone to depression and mental illness, A supportive environment can protect against this.

They’re deeply moved by the arts, often very creative with attention to detail and see the little things in life that others miss

They have good manners and consideration, Likely to notice someone with bad manners.

They’re likely to be popular because they’re so in tune with the needs of others.

They Need downtime to recharge, This could be alone time in a quiet room or going for a walk.

They Often don’t like violent movies or news stories.

They Make great team members due to being such deep thinkers Often best suited for positions where they don’t make the final decision.

They often Prefer solo sports like cycling and walking, where they won’t be watched.

They’re not all are introverts, about 30% are extroverts.

Highly sensitive men are teased in some cultures, while other cultures see it as a positive trait, affects both sexes equally.

This isn’t a disorder that needs to be fixed, Just means sensory data is processed deeply.

This group of people have so much to offer the world, and could often need some support.

This video post is just to spread awareness and to help other people understand the 20% of us that are Highly Sensitive People (HSP) rather than offering advice to people with HSP. I will do another post on this 🙂

I hope this post helps people to recognise if themselves or others they know are affected by this. Number 5 about mental health isn’t nice but it’s important to know that a supportive environment can go a long way to protecting – especially in children.

Thoughts and Views

Hello world,

You may know me as the creator of Nest and Glow, I’ve spent the last two years working full time creating plant-based healthy recipes and other natural lifestyle content.

After “finishing” my book, in inverted commas as I’m still doing a lot of work on it daily but it is out there, for my sanity I feel the need to have some more outputs. I want to keep nest and glow as recipes / food and health without any wishy washy thoughts / views so have created this blog for them.

In writing my book I filled any blank space with little facts or information, I like researching and sharing new little tidbits of information so maybe that’s what this site will become. I feel the need to make things perfect before publishing on Nest and Glow as it does get some views. Here I think I can be more relaxed.

Not sure what I will use it for but nothing ventured nothing gained 🙂

I’ve spent more time deciding on the domain name than what I will actually use it for. I thought about bastiandurward com but felt it was a bit long, then thought about basard (the first three and last three letters) then realised that was very similar to another word. Finally settled on Bastiand.com, not sure if it will be said aloud as Bastiand,  Bastian D or Bast I And but I was drawn to it.

Speak soon