'World's first healthy chocolate' to help dieters lose weight
A chocolate invented by a maths graduate from London has been billed as the world's first "healthy" version of the snack - claimed to help dieters lose weight.
The 20-calorie chocolate bar, which can help consumers lose weight, is being supplied to Michelin starred restaurants and London hotels.
‘The Chocolatier’, created by Aneesh Popat, combines flavour-infused water with cocoa to make the low-calorie snack which can help dieters from eating higher-calorie chocolates.
It stays clear of fatty ingredients such as butter, cream, gelatine and eggs and comes in a variety of flavours.
The Chocolatier has already gone out to Michelin starred restaurants and five-star hotels in the capital.
Mr Popat, a 25-year-old maths graduate, said: “Ever since I was a youngster being around chocolate has always been my passion. If everything in the world was made of chocolate then I'd have eaten it by now.
"My love of chocolate led me to devote and apply my mathematical and scientific backgrounds to create the most unique flavour combinations with utmost precision and creativity.
"I am self-taught and have since been inspired by many great chocolatiers and chefs alike. I have travelled the world from Brugges to Mumbai searching for the best recipes around.”
The healthy chocolate is created with flavoured waters such as fizzy cola, strawberry mint, chai tea and apple pea.
Nutritional expert Dr Sarah Schenker said the low-calorie chocolate could help overweight chocaholics.
Dr Schenker, of the British Dietetic Association, said: "As these chocolates boast such a low calorie level and high water content it can be advantageous to people seeking a less naughty treat - rather than sausage rolls or typical chocolates.
"They can be encouraging for people to switch to as snacks but it has to be done with caution - after all we mustn't forget that chocolate is an occasional treat to enjoy.
"But certainly the benefits could indeed help people to lose weight as they would find it easier to stay away from naughty snacks."
Mr Popat hopes to open his first shop in London's St Pancras station this Autumn.
He added: "The response from people has been astonishing. After taking the initial recipe and creating the first batch I knew it could potentially transform my life.
"I would never have thought I'd be where I am today - and that's still not very far. The next process is to open a shop and begin working relationships with restaurants.
"It's an incredible feeling to know people enjoy what you've made - many people struggle with their weight but I guess I'm here to save the day and their figures."