Oh happy day! Chocolate Myths debunked.

While those in love treat Chocolate as an aphrodisiac, those on a diet run in the opposite direction of a Chocolate bar. Whatever your take is on this ‘food from the Gods’, you can’t possibly be human if you don’t enjoy Chocolate in some form from time to time.

Here are few myths about Chocolate that we are happy to see debunked.

 

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Myth: Chocolate is high in caffeine. 
Fact: While eating Chocolate may perk you up, Chocolate is actually not very high in caffeine. A 40 grams Chocolate bar contains 6 mg of caffeine, the same amount as a cup of decaffeinated coffee.
 

Myth: Chocolate is loaded with saturated fat and is bad for your cholesterol. 
Fact: Stearic acid, the main saturated fat found in milk Chocolate, is unique. Research has shown that it doesn’t raise cholesterol levels the same way that other types of saturated fats do. In fact, eating a 40 grams Chocolate bar instead of a carbohydrate-rich snack has been shown to increase HDL (good) cholesterol levels.
 

Myth: Chocolate lacks any nutritional value. 
Fact: Chocolate is a good source of magnesium, copper, iron and zinc. It also contains polyphenols (an antioxidant also found in tea and red wine) that have been associated with a decreased risk of coronary disease. An average Chocolate bar contains about the same amount of antioxidants as a glass of red wine.

A daily serving of dark Chocolate, which contains more antioxidants than milk Chocolate, can also help lower blood pressure and improve insulin resistance.

 

Myth: Chocolate causes cavities. 
Fact: Candy alone is not responsible for cavities. Cavities are formed when bacteria in the mouth metabolize sugars and starches from any type of food (soda, candy, juice, bread, rice and pasta) to produce acid. This acid then eats through the enamel of the tooth, causing a cavity.

The protein, calcium and phosphate content of milk Chocolate may actually protect tooth enamel, and its naturally-occurring fat content means that Chocolate clears the mouth faster than other candy, reducing the amount of time its sugars remain in contact with tooth surfaces.

Proper oral hygiene to remove carbohydrate residue can prevent the formation of cavities—whether you avoid Chocolate or not.
 

Myth: Chocolate causes acne. 
Fact: Regardless of what your parents say, studies in the past 20 years have eliminated Chocolate as a cause of acne. In fact, many dermatologists doubt that diet plays any significant role in the development of acne. Acne is now believed to be caused by a combination of high bacteria levels and oil on the skin.
 

Myth: Chocolate causes weight gain. 
Fact: Any food can be part of a healthy diet if consumed in moderation. An average Chocolate bar contains 220 calories, which is low enough to be a part of a weight control diet if other high-calorie foods are eliminated. Enjoying the occasional piece of Chocolate may reduce the risk of a binge, when you feel deprived of your favourite foods.
Chocolate’s bad reputation is slowly changing and research now shows that Chocolate can be a part of an overall healthy lifestyle, when consumed in moderation.

 

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Get your monthly supply at our store. So many brands, so many offers, so much choice. We won’t judge. Go right ahead! We know you want to.

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Amazing gifts for an amazing woman

When it comes to gifting something to the women in our lives, us menfolk either go completely overboard or too minimalistic, either way causing much embarrassment or heartbreak. And when we arrive home from a business trip, it is only natural that the missus or the lady or the mom/sis eagerly awaits a surprise package.

Our duty free store has the best gifting choices that cater to all kinds of budgets and tastes. So don’t worry about getting her the ‘right’ gift and wandering around searching for the right shops in your travel destination. Simply, discover the joy of shopping at Bengaluru Duty Free and get her something she has always wanted!

Try these gifts that are perfect to celebrate any occasion or even just as a way to show how much you care.

Ralph Lauren Romance Eau De Parfum

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Ralph Lauren Romance is a classic fragrance that evokes the timeless essence of falling in love. With Romance, she will discover the sensual essence of velvety woods, extravagant florals and seductive musk. This perfume can enchant her into a feeling a sense of youthful elegance, playful love and classy sophistication. There is no better perfume to charm her than this extravagant essence.

This excellent perfume is available at our store for only $67! Pre-order now at  http://goo.gl/xmq9Oa.

Moet & Chandon Imperial Brut Champagne

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Nothing conveys class and sophistication more than the classic Moet & Chandon Imperial Brut Champagne. This vibrant, generous and alluring bubbly is distinguished by a bright fruitiness, with notes of green apple and white flowers. The champagne’s enticing palate is sure to make her feel a heady sensation of delight. Presenting her with this sparkling nectar is a definite gesture that you believe she is one in a million!

Plan ahead for an upcoming celebration, for only $55! Pre-order it now at http://goo.gl/pfbGy2.

Swarovski Swan Necklace

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A woman loves to look her best, no matter what the occasion. Gift your loved one a beautiful swan necklace from Swarovski. The rhodium-plated pendant captures the poise and sophistication of a swan and accentuates beauty when combined with a dazzling necklace. This necklace is perfect for any outfit and is guaranteed to make her feel like a queen.

Our Swarovski jewellery collection is priced very attractively, in the range of $30 to $250. Visit our store to browse and pick up your favourites.

Delicious European chocolates

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We have a delicious range of chocolates that make for some of the sweetest gifts. From rich and smooth Cadbury chocolates to luscious Swiss classics like Toblerone, Lindt, Frey, and Italian favourites like Ferrero Rocher, etc., you name it, we have it! Get your woman an assorted variety of our best chocolates and watch her heart melt with happiness.

Browse and pre-order your favourite chocolates at http://goo.gl/TNJEOP. View our special November offers on select international chocolate brands at http://goo.gl/pTbLy1.

Hurry, offers valid only till November 30, 2014!

EZMA Souffle Scarves

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Gift your loved one a beautiful Ezma Souffle Scarf and let her admire her new, sophisticated look. This fine piece of luxury is soft, fluffy and easy to carry. These fantastic scarves are available at our store at a very affordable price range of $110 to $210.

We offer a fantastic 15% off on the retail sales price as well! Visit our store today to explore our collection and select your favourites.

We also have a variety of other products, such as fine wines, jewellery, watches, travel accessories and more at the Bengaluru Duty Free store to suit almost all your gifting needs. So don’t hesitate to shop with us when the next you’re at the Kempegowda International Airport in Bengaluru. You can also pre-order your products at http://www.bengalurudutyfree.in/index.aspx, and pick them up at the store when arriving or departing, hassle free. Don’t forget to check out our special Gifting Ideas section that can give you more great choices for gifting: http://www.bengalurudutyfree.in/GiftingProducts.aspx

It’s simple, easy and fun and guaranteed to put a smile on your loved ones’ faces.

Chocolates we all love!

Someone once said: A balanced diet is chocolate in both hands.

If you love chocolate, as much as we do, then Bengaluru Duty Free is the place to find a delectable chocolate collection.

The store’s collection boasts of excellent chocolates from world-famous brands such as Toblerone, Goldkenn, Godiva, Guylian, Cadbury, Ferrero, and more.

Let us take you on a sweet journey and introduce you to some of the finest chocolates you can cherish when you shop at Bengaluru Duty Free.

Godiva

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Godiva is a name synonymous with luxury and quality. This manufacturer of premium chocolates and confectioneries since 1926,  has chocolates filled with truffles, pralines, and other exotic ingredients that melt in your mouth and are pure ecstasy for your palate.

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Take the Coeur Iconique Grand, for instance. Featuring 14 exquisite chocolates containing the best nuts, including almonds, hazelnuts, macadamia nuts, pecans and more, this heart-shaped gift box is a beautiful symbol of love and something that tells your loved one you cherish them dearly.

Guylian

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Another Belgian maker of masterpieces to grace this list is Guylian. Founded in 1960 by Guy Foubert, the name is a combination of Guy’s and his wife Liliane’s names. Guylian produces some of the most artistically made chocolates, some of them in exotic shapes like seashells, seahorses, conches and more.

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A classic case of having the best of everything is when you purchase the Guylian Le Gourmet Assortment box for yourself or a loved one. Containing a selection of Guylian’s finest pralines, including Sea Shells Original Praline, Opus Belgian pralines and La Truffina, this collection is sure to warm the heart while pleasing the tastebuds.

Goldkenn

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Goldkenn is indeed ‘pure gold’ in a chocolate. This renowned Swiss brand’s signature chocolate is the Goldbar, a thick, rich slab of delicious milk chocolate wrapped in a stunning pure gold-coloured pack; the chocolate is, in fact, a replica of the 12.5 kg bullion bar stored in Swiss bank vaults. The Goldbar is the perfect blend of luxury and smooth taste.

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Bengaluru Duty Free’s Goldkenn collection includes other beautifully packed Goldkenn classics, such as the Goldkenn Gold Van, a gold-coloured chocolate box shaped like an armoured treasury van, or the cute Goldkenn Bear with Cape, a cuddly teddy with a sash with a pendant of Goldkenn Gold Cash chocolates around its neck.

Frey

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Frey has the distinction of being a 100 per cent Swiss chocolate, in that every step in the manufacture of the chocolate is done in Switzerland itself. Frey’s chocolates are known for their authentic Swiss milk richness and smooth taste, and also for their exquisite creations like chocolate-coated marshmallows, and one of their most famous creations, the chocolate Easter bunnies.

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Bengaluru Duty Free boasts of some great goodies from Frey, including the Mini Chocolates Assorted pack, the Chocobloc Assorted pack containing five great Frey creations ranging from exquisite dark chocolate with 72% cocoa to a wonderful honey-almond-nougat blend, and more.

Lindt

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Lindt’s Maîtres Chocolatiers are real masters of their craft, and this shows in their fabulous creations. Sample the Assorted Napolitains, a mouth-watering collection of milk, white, dark and hazelnut chocolates for a chocolate experience par excellence. Or try the Lindor chocolate truffles, some of the most delectable chocolate truffles in the world, in the form of chocolate cornets, chocolate cubes and more.

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Fancy a tube of Lindor Balls with irresistibly smooth chocolate filling in perfect round balls? Or a classy Lindor Swiss Alps box with a lovely picture of the Matterhorn? Or the Lindt Churn Gold, an exquisite Swiss milk can-shaped chocolate box filled with 6 varieties of Lindt naps? The true chocophile can experience these and other tantalizing Lindt delicacies at Bengaluru Duty Free.

These are just some of the superb chocolate brands and varieities available at Bengaluru Duty Free. Visit our duty free store today for an experience of pure chocolate heaven. Alternately, visit http://www.bengalurudutyfree.in/index.aspx and check out our awesome chocolate collection and pre-order your favourites.