Now this is something i really hate — hot chocolate.
Seriously people, look at the list of crap that they use for ingredients in this stuff:
Tesco Instant Hot Chocolate Drink
Sugar, Whey Permeate Powder (Milk), Fat Reduced Cocoa Powder (11%), Dried Skimmed Milk, Coconut Oil, Dried Glucose Syrup, Stabilisers (Dipotassium Phosphate, Guar Gum, Carboxymethylcellulose, Sodium Polyphosphate), Milk Proteins, Emulsifier (Mono- and Di-Glycerides of Fatty Acids), Flavouring (contains Milk), Anti-Caking Agent (Silicon Dioxide)
Options Instant Belgian Chocolate Drink
Whey Powder (Milk), Fat Reduced Cocoa Powder (21%), Sugar, Thickeners (Acacia Gum, Xanthan Gum), Belgian Chocolate (7%) (Sugar, Cocoa Mass, Fat-Reduced Cocoa Powder, Flavouring), Dried Glucose Syrup, Skimmed Milk Powder, Coconut Oil, Whole Milk Powder, Salt, Emulsifier (Soy Lecithin), Sweetener (Aspartame), Anti-Caking Agent (E551), Flavouring, Stabiliser (E340)
And that was just the first 2 i pulled off Tesco’s website.
Don’t people actually give a fuck any more about their health, fitness, wellbeing and longevity? Obviously not if they’re buying this utterly toxic garbage.
Now i’m not saying don’t enjoy a nice cup of cocoa, everyone should have that pleasure, but there’s nice healthy ways of enjoying it and really crap nasty ways and hot chocolate mixes are really crap nasty ways.
Use pure cocoa powder. Or if you really want to spoil yourself get some organic raw Criollo cacao — either is good and healthy as long as the ingredients on the packet should only list one single ingredient: cocoa or cacao (check the ingredient label to make sure it’s pure cocoa or cacao). Different cocoas and cacaos have different flavours — just like coffee does). There’s a few different species of cacao each with their own tastes and then the processing by different producers creates different fat contents, etc., as well, so do try some different ones at different quantities in your drinks until you find the one that you really like. And don’t worry about the wording, cacao and cocoa are both the same thing.
Sweeteners. Do not use artificial sweeteners as they are seriously bad for your health. They ruin your gut microbiome, they ruin your gut wall, they increase your risk of diabetes because they’ve ruined your microbiome and gut wall, they increase your risk of other diseases like cancer, they increase your desires for ever more sweeter products leading to ever increasing obesity because you’ll never be truly satisfied because nothing you ever eat again will be as sweet as these artificial sweeteners can make it.
Let us get one thing straight. Sugar does not cause diabetes, and anyone telling you it does is either utterly ignorant or looking to profit out of your ill health. Fat causes type 2 diabetes and dairy causes type 1 diabetes, neither are caused by sugar other than if you over consume loads of refined sugar which your body is then forced to convert it into fat in order to get the sugar out of your bloodstream — once again, it’s the fat that causes the diabetes, not the sugar, and you have to over consume approx 10,000 calories (that’s calories you don’t need) of pure sugar to get your body to produce 1kg of fat. Yes, absolute fact, your body needs about 10,000 calories of excess calories from carbs to make 1kg of fat — so, let’s be honest, a tsp or 2 in your cocoa is really not going to hurt.
And there’s actually lots of nice natural sweeteners for you to try. Start with raw cane sugar, i like Demerara in my drinks, but there’s lots of different raw cane sugars out there so try a few, they all have their own unique tastes to bring to your cocoa. Light cane has the mildest taste whereas Muscovado has one of the strongest with Demerara in the middle-ish. There’s also other nice natural sweeteners that bring their own unique tastes to your cocoa/cacao drink, like date syrup, agave nectar, maple syrup, etc.. Just make sure that you check the ingredients to ensure that you are buying the pure, natural, raw-cane product and not some adulterated, beet-sugar, toxic garbage.
Warning. A nasty super market trick is to put sugar labelled as demerara and other brown sugars on the same shelf as the raw cane sugars when they are made from beet sugar with some molasses added to colour it, it is not raw cane but is being sold at raw cane prices. Lidl’s sells nice raw cane sugar at a decent price.
Important. Do not use milk from animals as this will destroy all the health benefits of the cocoa/cacao. Dairy not only causes type 1 diabetes, cancer and a whole range of other nasty diseases, but it also destroys the efficacy of all anti-oxidants that you put in your stomach with it.
If you really must use milk for your cocoa then use a plant milk. Again, many different ones to try with their own unique flavours, give ’em all a go until you find the one you prefer. Alpro do a really nice choc soy milk and also a vanilla soy milk — both great for cocoa making.
Alternative. But why not try drinking it black? Yes, you can make a delicious cup of cocoa without any type of milk product (just like coffee and tea). Just simply add pure cocoa/cacao to a mug with a little raw cane sugar (adjust both to taste) and enjoy.
And you can really nice this up by following this recipe for one of the most super healthy drinks there possibly is:
5 tsp cocoa (adjust to taste)
2 tsp raw cane sugar, date syrup, maple syrup, etc. (adjust to taste)
1 peppermint tea bag
1/4 tsp ground ginger
1/4 tsp Ceylon cinnamon
400ml boiling water
Stir well, let settle and cool for a few minutes, stir well again.
Anyways, if you care about your health, fitness, longevity and quality of life, stop with the drinking hot chocolate mixes and mix your own from pure ingredients and make something unique and healthy.