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Can chocolate fight aging and make your skin glow?

Friday, May 21st, 2010


(From Reuters) – The world’s largest chocolate maker says it may have come up with a chocolate bar that could fight wrinkles and slow the aging process, making it the latest food group to tap the appetite for healthier living.

Eating 20 g (0.755 oz) of specially developed chocolate packed with antioxidants, or flavanols, each day may help prevent wrinkles and make skin more radiant by boosting elasticity and improving hydration, studies carried out by Barry Callebaut showed.

Consumers are becoming increasingly aware of the nutritional value of what they eat, and Barry Callebaut’s claims come as food giants such as Nestle and Danone also push into the healthy eating arena.

Dark chocolate has already been linked with certain health benefits, such as helping to lower blood pressure and reducing the risk of strokes thanks to its high content of antioxidants.

The Swiss group has developed a way of preserving the flavanols found in cocoa beans during the chocolate-making process, allowing them to produce a bar that is richer in flavanols, Barry Callebaut Chief Innovation Officer Hans Vriens said in an interview.

“Chocolate and health do not seem to fit together but it is a very interesting proposition: if I can eat something I like and it is good for me, that is great,” Vriens said. “Chocolate is probably at the bottom of the list when you think about making food healthier.”

Smoking, pollution, caffeine and a lack of sleep contribute to the creation of free radicals that can damage healthy cells in the body and accelerate the aging process.

“There is a huge body of evidence that shows flavanols slow down damage caused by free radicals,” said Kepler Capital Markets analyst Jon Cox.

“Food manufacturing companies are leveraging health and wellness into various products and there is definitely a market for chocolate in health and wellness. We have already seen how this has worked in dairy products, with products like Danone’s Actimel and Unilever’s Benecol,” Cox said.

The functional chocolate market, which includes organic and diet chocolate, is seeing double-digit growth, easily outpacing the 1-2 percent growth currently seen in the rest of the chocolate market, Cox said.

But some experts are doubtful about the positive effects flavanols have on skin.

“There is quite a lot of evidence that cocoa flavanols have a positive effect on the blood flow. They could reduce blood pressure which could have a positive effect on cardiovascular diseases,” said Richard Hurrell, Professor of Human Nutrition at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology.

“The possible effects on skin and cognitive performance are less well established. There is evidence, but it is much less consistent. It may be that the effect on the blood flow is also what improves memory or skin health in some of the studies,” Hurrell said.

Allergy and Gluten Free Show 21-23 May 2010, Olympia, London

Friday, May 21st, 2010

Food Allergies? event suggestion:

Allergy and Gluten Free Show 21-23 May 2010, Olympia, London

The ‘All New’ Allergy and Gluten Free Show is the perfect opportunity for you to learn about your allergies and see what is there to help.

Thousands of products and demonstrations featuring how to make the most of gluten-free cooking.

Seminar and workshop programme with the UK’s leading allergy experts.

Advisors from a number of charities including Coeliac UK.


Upcoming foodies events

Wednesday, May 19th, 2010

Are you a curious foodie?

Maybe one on these events will spice up your spring!

Streatham Food Festival 2010
Saturday 15th May to Saturday 22nd May

The Malton Food Lovers Festival 2010
22nd May 2010 8:30am-11pm

Hampton Court Food Festival Sat 29 to Mon 31 MAY 2010

Sheffield Food Festival 1st to 6th June 2010

The Royal Bath And West Show Somerset – June 2nd-5th

Leeds Food Festival Roundhay Park July 2, 3 & 4 2010

Glasgow Food Festival George Square July 30, 31 & August 1 2010

Edinburgh Food Festival Holyrood Park August 13, 14 & 15 2010

Oxford Food Festival South Parks August 28, 29 & 30 2010

Greg at


Conservative Party or Preservative-free Party?

Thursday, April 29th, 2010

When it comes to election, is it Cameron’s chat or Cardamom Choc??

Which one do you choose?

Discover UK Organic Chocolate on

Labour or flavour?? UK elections (of food)

Wednesday, April 28th, 2010

When it comes to elections, is it Brown or Brownies??

Which one do you choose?

Labour or Flavour?

Discover UK brownies on
UK voters challenge: Brown or Brownies?

UK voters challenge: Brown or Brownies?

Springtime butternut squash pie (in the park!)

Thursday, April 22nd, 2010

It is finally springtime and all we want to do is go outside and enjoy a picnic in the park.

But foodies are foodies no matter what.

When it comes to picnics, they like to share something special with their friends.

This weekend we were invited to a lovely Dinner Club ( ) and we had the occasion to try a springtime delight made of butternut squash and lovely organic cheese.

It is a perfect idea for a picnic. Easy, tasty, refreshing, it goes perfectly with a glass of Prosecco and apple juice.

If you like the look of it and want to prepare it, here is the recipe:



White flower

Extra Virgin Olive Oil

A pinch of salt


A sweet butternut squash (1.5 kg)

3 white onions

3 yellow potatoes

3 eggs

A generous slice of Organic cheese (300g)

Seriously Extra Virgin Olive Oil

A pinch of salt


It is better to start with the pastry, which needs to be beautifully smooth and requires a bit of work. Once you have shaped your pastry with your rolling pin, you will only need to put together the filling.

The filling is a simple mix of onions (fried in a pan for 10 minutes), potatoes and butternuts squash (diced and boiled for 10 minutes), fresh eggs and organic cheese (grated).

Wrap the tasty filling in the pastry and sprinkle with perfumed olive oil.

Just 35 minutes in the oven and you can serve a delicious pie.

Prepare your picnic bag and enjoy a spring day as we did.

Food is great, life is beautiful!

The FoodAdo Team

Don’t stop eating vegetables and fruit, there is so much more to them!

Thursday, April 8th, 2010

BBC News article by Clare Murphy “Five-a-day has little impact on cancer” states that “eating more fruit and vegetables has only a modest effect on protecting against cancer”.

This new discovery may sound a bit depressing, but it is not a good reason to stop eating tasty vegetables and fruit!

Good food is not a magic potion, but experts stress that eating fruit and vegetables is still the key to good health.

For example, fresh and preserved tomatoes contain powerful antioxidants that have age-fighting properties and protect our cells from damage. (Harvard University – antioxidant: lycopene).

In addition, good food can change our day and help us to feel better: that is already a step towards a healthier life!

A foodie perspective? When in doubt, just follow your nose!

Go for something tasty and healthy like organic cheese and tomato chutney and treat yourself!

Food is great, life is beautiful!

The FoodAdo Team

Easter chocolatey Science

Sunday, April 4th, 2010

Feeling guilty about the tons of chocolate you eat on Easter?

Remember Harvard School of Public Health’s Survey:
Chocolate consumption has been scientifically linked to longer life.

The survey of healthy 65-year-old men revealed that those who ate sweets containing chocolate reportedly lived longer.
Happy Easter the FoodAdo Team!

(chocolate) London Calling

Thursday, April 1st, 2010


Imagine a vibrant and busy fair, the crowd flowing through the stands and the festive atmosphere.

Then, add chocolate, lots of gorgeous chocolate, in every possible form and shape.

Do you know where you are?

You are at the South Bank Chocolate Festival with the FoodAdo Team!

Yes, we could not resist the chocolate calling.

We browsed through the colourful stands, sampled unusual combinations of flavours, admired unique creations and learned new ways to think chocolate with clever maitres chocolatiers.

The festival was full of irresistible moments, like an elegant VIP reception (Yael Rose could not make it more special), where producers could present their chocolatey creations and tell the secrets behind them.

Damian Allsop presented a tasty passion fruit speciality and guided the audience through an exciting tasting: starting from the moment the truffle broke in the mouth and passion fruit showed its strong character, getting to the instant when coffee and dark chocolate added their final touch to the experience.

More browsing and more chocolate, from stand to stand, discovering new food trends (so many!), new attractive ways to enjoy chocolate, gift ideas and friendly flavours. The chill of a an early spring day was not a problem: Jaz and Juls prepared mugs of caramel hot chocolate that kept the Team warm and willing to explore more and more and more!

At FoodAdo, we cannot wait for the next event!

Going live feels good!

Tuesday, March 30th, 2010

FoodAdo is finally live (and the team is very excited)!

We have worked hard to create a very friendly website and we hope you like it!

We have brought together fabulous producers and are proud to bring their tasty specialities to you.  Each producer has a dedicated space with their delicious food and their fascinating story.

There are many Award Winning Products, like Simon Weaver‘s Organic Cheese or Friendly Foods‘ healthy and tasty preserves and chutneys.

A wonderful range of tempting treats is waiting for you to browse and discover at