Chocolate: the O.G. way to #fuelyournextadventure

Chocolate: the O.G. way to #fuelyournextadventure

We all know that chocolate is delicious. But did you know that it can also be used as an energy source? That's right, chocolate can give you the boost you need to power through your day! When you think of energy, what comes to mind? Coffee, tea, or soda? Maybe you think of something a little more extreme, like an energy drink or a pre-workout supplement. Whatever you think of, there's a good chance that chocolate isn't the first thing that pops into your head.

But it should be! Here's why...

Chocolate has been used as an energy source for centuries. The ancient Mayans and Aztecs believed that chocolate could give them strength and energy, and they were right! Chocolate is packed with nutrients that can help to boost your energy levels. For example, chocolate contains magnesium, which is essential for converting sugar into energy. It also contains iron, which is necessary for transporting oxygen to your cells. And let's not forget about the caffeine in chocolate, which can help to increase alertness.

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Chocolate has also been long included in army ration packs for its practical and psychological benefits. Beyond its pleasant taste, chocolate provides a concentrated source of energy and nutrients essential for soldiers enduring physically demanding tasks and harsh conditions. It’s high-calorie content makes it efficient to carry and consume, offering a quick energy boost during combat or long marches. With chocolate also serving as a comforting treat it provides a sense of comfort and familiarity in unfamiliar and stressful situations, contributing to soldiers' morale and mental resilience on the battlefield. Thus, chocolate's inclusion in ration packs has not only supported physical stamina but also contributes to soldiers' overall well-being and resilience in challenging environments.

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Why is chocolate energizing?

Chocolate and “Caffeine”

Chocolate is made from cocoa beans, which contain a compound called theobromine. Theobromine is structurally similar to caffeine, and it acts on the brain in a similar way. Theobromine has been shown to improve blood flow and increase heart rate, both of which lead to increased energy levels. In addition, cacao beans are a rich source of magnesium, which is essential for energy production. Magnesium plays a role in over 300 enzymatic reactions in the body, including the metabolism of fat and carbohydrates for use as fuel. So not only does eating chocolate give you an steady boost of energy, but it also helps your body to better utilize the fuel you're taking in from other sources.

Chocolate and Carbohydrates

Another reason chocolate is an effective energy source is because it contains sugar. Sugar provides your body with the most efficient source of energy that can be used for activities like walking, running, or even lifting weights. The sugar in chocolate comes in the form of sucrose, which is quickly absorbed by the body and used for energy. Combine the sugar with our added honey in our endurance bars and our superfood chocolate fuel is crafted to efficiently sustain your active endeavours.

So, if you're looking for a natural way to boost your energy levels, it's okay to reach for some chocolate - especially our dark chocolate blended with high-antioxidant superfoods. At 7 Summits Snacks, we’re advocates of eating your chocolate purposefully. Grab your favourite superfood infused bar, get outside, be active, and enjoy your chocolate as it gives you the energy you need to power through your day!

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