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Why Bas Kast eats chocolate for breakfast

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In the book “ The Nutritional Compass ,” science journalist Bas Kast takes a close look at many foods. Most people get rid of their fat. Bas Kast has declared war on sugar in particular. However, he has nothing but praise for dark chocolate.

The sugar problem

There are probably few foods that Bas Kast likes even less than sugar. The fact that he is not a fan of sugar is probably an understatement. However, his problem is not the sugar itself, but rather the fact that it is so often hidden in other foods. In order to spice up the taste of industrially processed foods, they usually contain a lot of sugar. According to Kast, sugar is found not only in mueslis, yoghurts or red cabbage, but also in organic tomato sauces. Conversely, according to Bas Kast, practically every meal would become dessert. And that's exactly why he advises eating as few processed foods as possible. And instead cook as much as possible yourself. By the way: Health aspects are just one reason why a varied diet with little processed food is important. The choice of what ends up on our plates also has a major impact on the environment and its biodiversity - you can find out more about this here .

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Bas Kast – chocolate for breakfast

Could that be the name of the remake of “Bridget Jones – Chocolate for Breakfast”? It would be more precise to call the film “Bas Kast – dark chocolate for breakfast”. Because the author is very specific: he has filter coffee with a dash of almond milk for breakfast. And a few large pieces of – mostly 90 percent, definitely always dark – chocolate. Because he uses very dark chocolate, it only contains an average of seven grams of sugar per bar. So not even two teaspoons per bar. With such a small amount of sugar, even Bas Kast can eat his breakfast in a relaxed manner. But it's not just the great taste and small amount of sugar that makes dark chocolate so attractive to the author.

The magic word: flavonoids

Dark chocolate in particular contains bioactive plant compounds called flavonoids. These are known to relax human vessels, lowering blood pressure while increasing insulin sensitivity . Flavonoids occur naturally in cocoa beans. Therefore, the darker the chocolate, the more cocoa beans and the higher the flavonoid content. This health aspect coupled with the low sugar content make dark chocolate - along with nuts - Bas Kast's absolute favorite snack.

Would you also like dark chocolate for breakfast?

Here you will find a selection of great dark chocolates . Do you want really dark chocolate like the author? Then try the 82% from Kuna . Do you want to avoid sugar completely, but not chocolate? Look no further! We have a super delicious, fruity 100% chocolate with cocoa beans from Madagascar , a creamy 100% chocolate from Chocolate Tree or the sugar-free yet mild 100% chocolate from Firetree .

Header photo by Brooke Lark on Unsplash

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