Mmmm… we like chocolate. Chocolate is good for you. Do I need to give reasons for why chocolate is good for you? I don’t think so. Do some research on your own and find out. Today I want to talk about what to look for and what to avoid.
In getting the most out of the benefits of chocolate, as well as the enjoyment, there are a few things that must be considered. First, avoid chocolate that has poor quality dairy products in it–which, most likely, would include all milk chocolate, unless you make your own at home and the milk in it is from raw grassfed animals. Second, avoid all artificial additives and flavoring. Third, avoid refined white sugar. Fourth, if possible avoid soy lecithin, even though for most people this will not pose a problem. We just did a post on lecithin and soy lecithin so you can check that out for more info, just remember, most soy is genetically modified (so organic soy lecithin would be a better option). Fifth, the darker the chocolate the better, as it will contain less sugar, even if the sugar is a quality source. Sixth, consider the company that makes the chocolate–consider its processes and the way the chocolate is handled.
There are a gazillion chocolate makers these days and many of them produce a really good product. We wanted to share a couple of our favorite and why. Feel free to let us know your favorites and why in the comments or give us some new brands to try!
(75% & 70%) – Currently, Fearless, is my favorite chocolate. It is an organic raw (mostly) chocolate that uses rapadura to sweeten and has some great flavors like xploding coconuts, matcha peppermint, super seeds, etc. The added ingredients are great for health and add antioxidants, omega-3′s, and beneficial fatty acids. Being mostly raw, it contains some enzymes, some probiotics, and all nutrients in tact.
Ingredients (Dark Midnight – 75%): Ingredients: Organic Raw Cacao, Organic Rapadura, Organic Bourbon Vanilla
Ingredients (Matcha Peppermint – 70%): Organic Raw Cacao, Organic Rapadura, Organic Bourbon Vanilla, Organic Matcha Green Tea, Organic Peppermint
(70% & 85%) – Rapunzel uses rapadura for sugar which is better in that it is whole, unrefined, evaporated cane juice. It also contains no emulsifiers and is conched for 72 hours instead of being processed with alkali. All ingredients are certified organic. We recommend their 70% or 85% dark chocolate.
Chocolate Liquor (100% Crushed Cocoa Beans Non-alcohol), Rapadura (Whole, Unrefined, Evaporated Sugar Cane Juice), Unrefined Cocoa Butter, Cocoa Powder, Vanilla Beans. (All Ingredients Certified Organic.)
(88%) – The reason we like this bar, even though it is not organic and it does contain soy lecithin, is that it is extremely dark and has very little sugar in it–only 3.3 grams of sugar per ounce or 10 grams per bar–which is much less than most brands. And it still maintains an excellent flavor and taste.
Ingredients: Bittersweet Chocolate (Chocolate liquor, unbleached water filtered beet sugar, soy lecithin, vanilla).
The great thing about Beyond Organic dark chocolate is that it has added probiotics such as bacillus coagulans. It also contains 1000mgs of omega-3′s because of added flaxseeds. On the downside it does contain soy lecithin (albeit GMO free) and it has more sugar per serving than the others listed here.
Ingredients: Organic bittersweet chocolate (Organic chocolate liquor, organic cane sugar, organic cocoa butter, soy lecithin), organic vanilla extract, organic flaxseeds, probiotics bacillus coagulans.
(73% organic) – Chocolove was my old favorite chocolate bar and I still enjoy it every now and again. The organic line is free from soy lecithin (emulsifier) and has only 8 grams of sugar per serving.
Organic Cocoa Liquor, Organic Sugar, Organic Cocoa Butter.
We made you hungry for some chocolate didn’t we? Didn’t I? Didn’t we?