Wine is Good for you!

5 Reasons why having wine is good for health

Across the globe, wine has emerged as a hallmark for good life and refined culture. Wine is one of history’s oldest drinks that map its existence throughout the evolution of mankind and human civilization. Wine is not merely perceived as an alcoholic drink but is also regarded as an elixir of human life in light of the health benefits that are gradually coming forth as new health benefits are being discovered and acknowledged by medical experts.

The American Heart Association (AHA) has confirmed several health benefits that may be experienced by a person with moderate consumption of wine which it quantified by AHA experts as one to two glasses of four-ounce each day!

The list of health benefits of wine is long, and with new studies being conducted on the same, new advantages is being revealed practically every other day.

Health benefits of having wine

 1)      Prevents cancer

Cancer is believed to arise when the body is exposed to a considerable amount of free radicals which have the potential to harm cells in the body. Free radicals are created in the body and play a crucial role in many regular cellular development processes. However, beyond a certain range, free radicals can be harmful to the body. The damage to cells caused by free radicals may lead to the development of cancer and other serious ailments. In this battle of shedding excess free radicals from the body, antioxidants play a role of scavengers for free radicals which neutralize the damage caused by such free radicals.

All wines are rich in antioxidants! Wine contains resveratrol which is an antioxidant that is believed by Researchers to have the potential to prevent or curb the growth of many types of cancer cells.  According to a study conducted by Stony Brook University and affirmed by the American Journal of Gastroenterology 2005, the risk of colon cancer can be reduced by 45 percent by moderate consumption of red wine!

A study conducted by the Radiation Oncology Department at the University of Rochester Medical Center suggested that resveratrol, found in red wine has the potential to destroy pancreatic cancer cells if consumed regularly in moderation!

Resveratrol has been shown to thwart the growth of breast cancer cells. Many studies suggest that resveratrol may also be linked to the suppression of cancer growth in pancreas, skin, liver, colon, prostate, and many other cancer types.

2)      Enhances brain functioning

According to a research study conducted by a team at Northumbria University, resveratrol found in wines may boost mental function by increasing blood flow to the brain. This finding is especially more prominent in older adults as their natural cognitive abilities of the brain may have suffered a natural decline and the improvement in brain functioning is relatively more evident on moderate consumption of red wine or rose wine. Also, a glass of wine (in moderation) at dinner time is believed to induce overall better quality of sleep which automatically leads to improved brain functioning. Considering the same, it seems like drinking a glass of wine per day is like fodder for the brain!

3)      Reduces risk of heart disease

The good news for moderate wine drinkers is that limited and regular consumption of red wine is found to indicate notably increased levels of good HDL cholesterol and decreased systolic and diastolic blood pressure, triglycerides, and LDL cholesterol in their bodies. This protects and improves heart functioning and ensures prevention of any heart diseases. Also, polyphenols in rosé wine are found to help lower LDL or bad cholesterol. It is also believed that polyphenols and resveratrol in rosé wine help to thin the blood and raise HDL cholesterol thus aiding heart functioning. Two glasses of your favorite white wine per day can reduce the risk of heart disease by at least 25 percent.   

4)      Improves bone density

Red wine contains high levels of silicon, which is found to be helpful in maintaining bone mineral density in humans. It increases the density and bone strength and reduces the chance of osteoporosis and arthritis. Medical experts have noted a direct correlation between improved bone density and moderate consumption of wine among wine consumers. As per a study published in 2014 by the Endocrine Society’s Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism resveratrol contained in several types of wines such as red wine, rose wine etc may help increase spinal bone density in wine drinkers with metabolic syndrome, provided the wine is consumed in prescribed moderation. The study also indicated that resveratrol could pose in near future as a viable treatment option for osteoporosis and rheumatoid arthritis!

5)      Reduces Risk of Type 2 Diabetes

We have all heard that people having diabetes should refrain from consuming alcohol. This is because alcohol breaks down into glucose which is difficult to metabolize leading to sugar levels shooting up. However, recent studies suggest that red wine (consumed in moderation) is beneficial for Type II diabetics thanks to “resveratrol”, a powerful antioxidant found in grapes, blueberries, and other berries. Benefits of drinking red wine include increased level of HDL, improvements in lipid tests, improved blood circulation, and thus is said to be instrumental in improving the overall metabolic profile and sugar levels of moderate red wine consumers. For the teetotallers, there’s another natural remedy that can help decrease the blood sugar. Bael plant is supposed to have many medicinal properties, reducing the blood sugar being one of its many benefits.

Considering all the above mentioned health benefits, it is evident that resveratrol component present in wines has great nutritional and curative properties.

And the best part is that scientific studies are showing that wine is divine for health and mind so what are you waiting for? Go indulge in a soothing glass of wine. But just remember, just 

The Evolution of Chocolate Bar Wrappers

Thank you to our friends over at Cera Packaging for this lovely infographic!

 

The Evolution of Your Favourite Chocolate Bar Wrappers

The world of chocolate has changed massively since its conception in the early 1900s.

Early wrappers were made from basic tin foil with limited colours and graphic until they evolved into the colourful aluminium wrappers that we see today.

The packaging of chocolate bars has even evolved into the psychology of the human brain and its reaction to seeing certain colours.

Take a look at this great infographic below and learn some of the history behind the evolution of the chocolate bar.

Trick, Treat or CHOCOLATE!

Can you believe it’s the season of monsters, ghost and ghouls already?!  Neither can the ChocolateTales team.

But have no fear, we are fully prepared with backups upon backups of Chocolate, sprinkles and cocoa fun for your extra special and very spooky Halloween Chocolate parties.

Are you wondering what kinds of treats we will be creating at our deliciously haunted Hands-On workshops for family and friends?  From 26thof October, we will be featuring extra special goulish Chocolate moulds for you and yours to create.  We will also feature many ‘Trick or Treat’ tools for purchase at our events, to ensure the most delightfully terrifying sweets for your monstrously hungry visitors.

Hosting a Halloween party?  Spectacular, so are we!  We can help you and your ghostly guests have a hilariously terrifying time with our Haunted Mobile Chocolate Parties during the month of October. Suitable for ALL AGES and taste buds, we bring the Chocolate to the party, you and your guests put on the costume and create!

If you can help it, try to save some of your handmade Halloween Chocolate treats.  November is just around the corner and nice piece of Chocolate always warms the heart before the holidays!

Halloween is at The Door!

The History of Halloween

For chocolate lovers one of the sweetest times of the year is Halloween. This celebration has been around for over 2,000 years. It began in Great Britain and Northern France as a Celtic festival called Samhain. This festival was held on October 31st to commemorate the end of the harvest season and prepare for the harsh winter ahead. For the revelers the coming cruel winter signified death, consequently it was believed that on this day spirits rose from the dead and mingled with the living. To scare off bad spirits, people wore masks and costumes. To encourage good spirits, they left food at their doors. When the Romans conquered the Celts the Roman Catholic Church attempted to do away with Samhain by calling it All Saint’s Day (also known as All Hallows Day) and transforming it into a time to celebrate those saints who did not have a holiday named after themselves. The Romans were unsuccessful. The traditions of Samhain continued and eventually All Hallows Day was abbreviated to Halloween. By the mid-twentieth century, Halloween had become a secular holiday. Today it’s the second largest commercial holiday in the United States with Halloween-related sales of approximately $6.9 billion a year. Have you figured out what ghoulish goodies you’ll be handing out? Why not try something different this year and make your own Halloween treats? A Chocolate Tales Chocolate-Making Party is the ideal way.

Summer melts away

The hot weather is melting away and autumn awaits us, marinating in fabulous colour.

 Our team of Chocolatiers eagerly anticipate the new school season. The Hands-On Chocolate Workshops are back in full swing, extending our Chocolate covered hands out to families and friends alike.  We would wish to share our Chocolate knowledge with Ontario!

 

 

In Hamilton, our tales will be told at the ever so romantic Dundurn Castle.  Be sure to reserve your seat as soon as you can as they are spoken for quickly, especially at this decadent venue.

All the way across the pond, on the other side of the G.T.A., we have several locations that will wow your taste buds. 

Swansea Town Hall is on the eastern side of downtown; a hidden gem amongst the historical houses and beautiful botanical scenery. 

But if you prefer a small cafe with your sweet treats, come on out to The Mad Bean on Eglinton Avenue West for one of our tasteful sessions.

Everyone has fond memories at the St. Lawrence Market, so make your weekend sensational by participating in our Hands On Chocolate Workshops. 

Last but certainly not least, in the heart of Toronto, we are proud to host our events at the architecturally amazing Hart House.

To wrap things up, was an absolutely tempered Summer for Chocolate Tales.  We had the pleasure of conducting some delightful Chocolate patio parties for all ages, as well as create some memorable Summer 2012 moments with our magical cocoa covered creations. 

We hope you enjoyed many pieces of Chocolate this summer, and wish to see you at one of our events before the New Year!

 And certainly do not be surprised when Halloween Chocolates creep around the corner.  The best way to handle the ghost and gouls is to make MORE CHOCOLATE!

Tips to make that outdoor party a sweet success

Tips to make that outdoor party a sweet success

Summer’s here! The kids are out of school. You can feel the energy in the air. Celebrate with an outdoor party or event by Chocolate Tales. Get your friends together or round up the kids for a mess-free party that’s filled with chocolaty fun. Planning a birthday, stag and doe, baby shower, staff promotion or retirement get together? A Chocolate Tales party is the perfect way to celebrate and makes for a memorable, summertime event.

We provide all the necessary equipment and products, including disposable aprons, gloves, table cloth, and more. We even take care of the entertainment. Plus, until June 30th, 2012, when you book a party with Chocolate Tales you’ll receive a three-topping large pizza for FREE.

Simple party planning tips

  1. Do you find that people just don’t RSVP anymore? Why not create an invite by using a social networking website like Facebook? It’s easy: after you’ve created a free account, you can create a new event from your home page. Add everything from a title, location, date and time, the guest list (which can be public or private) and any other notes you want your guests to be aware of.
  2. At this time of year garden parties are hot! Chocolate Tales can also set up in any room, or even a boat or plane! Choose the setting that suits your party.
  3. Some cool places to hold a chocolate party might be at a local park, a banquet hall, a community recreation centre, or even along a pier or beach strip in the area.
  4. Create a fun, energetic atmosphere for your guests. Decorations, special lighting, music, and yummy smells will set the party mood!
  5. Bright colours capture the spirit of summer fun. Consider different coloured bulbs in your light fixtures, colourful napkins, plates and decorations.
  6. Keep things cool by opening windows or turning up the A/C. Studies have shown that hot weather can make people feel more irritable.
  7. Serve light foods. Hot and heavy meals in warm weather can make guests feel too full and tired. Some fun snacks include fruits and vegetables with dips, or perhaps ice cream after a BBQ!
  8. Don’t forget to utilize great appetizers they’re sure crowd-pleasers.
  9. Lastly, party favours are always a big hit! Book Chocolate Tales for your next party and you’ll have this covered off—after your event, guests will be sent off with a box of yummy treats that they will have created themselves!