There are so many health studies that have contradicting information. Red wine and chocolate is a match made in heaven.

February is Heart Health Month we are here to bust some myths and pair some chocolate and red wine.

It is a well-known fact that red wine and dark chocolate have nourishing properties. Antioxidants, heart-health benefits, and mood-boosting chemicals are just a few of their positive effects. Red wine, in moderation, has long been thought of as heart healthy. Those who drink moderate amounts of red wine seem to have a lower risk of heart disease.

 

Dark Chocolate

Dark chocolate has gained a reputation as being a heart-healthy treat because cocoa beans are rich in flavonoids—a nutrient that protects plants from toxins and helps repair damage. The term ‘antioxidant’ is a reference to those benefits. Studies have shown when we eat foods rich in flavonoids, we also benefit from these antioxidant powers.

But not all dark chocolate is created equal.  The more processed chocolate is, the more flavanols are lost along the way.

For the most health benefits, choose a dark chocolate with a cocoa content of 70 percent or higher. And remember, chocolate is not a ‘health’ food. Enjoy dark chocolate as part of a well-balanced, heart-healthy diet.

Red Wine

Red wine, in moderation, has long been thought of as heart healthy. Those who drink moderate amounts of red wine seem to have a lower risk of heart disease.

An antioxidant called resveratrol is the substance in red wine that has received a lot of attention. The ingredient may help prevent damage to blood vessels, reduce low-density lipoprotein (LDL or ‘bad’ cholesterol’) and prevent blood clots.

Other foods that have antioxidant’s for strong heart health would be strawberries, purple grapes, raw nuts, dark green veggies, salmon and green tea.

 

Chocolate and Wine Pairing

We recently hosted a chocolate and wine pairing and here are the pairing’s you could try:

 

 

Ruby shell and strawberry ganache

 

Jansz Sparkling Rose
White chocolate shell with ruby red grapefruit ganacheMesh   Riesling

 

Milk chocolate shell with hazelnut ganache with a hint of raspberryJim Barry Annabelle’s   Rose

 

Caramel shell and single origin milk chocolate ganacheGiant Steps Merlot

 

Dark chocolate shell with single origin dark chocolate ganache with a hint of blueberryTurkey Flat Shiraz

 

Dark chocolate with salt and red pepperBogan Shiraz

 

 

 

All our chocolates were made to pair with these wines by Bumble Bean Café – Darwin.

 

Image by Jessica Dix

 

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