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NEWS FLASH! - Chocolate CAN actually be HEALTHY! The cacao beans that chocolate is made from contain antioxidants and anti-inflammatory compounds that are very good for you.
The problem with most chocolate is it's made from cocoa, not cacao. Cocoa is made by roasting cacao at very high temperatures and this kills most of the beneficial flavanoids in cacao (pronounced ka-KOW).
In addition, most companies producing chocolate add in a LOT of sugar. A single 1.5 oz Hershey bar weighs 43 grams. Of that 43 grams, a whopping 24 grams (56%) is sugar. A healthy cacao bar contains less than 10% of that, only 2 grams of sugar, as well as 8 times more fiber per serving. Most chocolate sold today is candy. Healthy chocolate made with cacao is NOT candy but a nutritional treat that's beneficial to your health.
The solution is to enjoy chocolate made with cacao powder, not cocoa powder, and very little sugar. If you check the nutritional labels on dark chocolate cacao bars it's common to find that the darker the chocolate the less sugar it has. 100% cacao bars will have 0 grams of sugar, 95% bars have 2 grams, 90% bars will have 3 to 4 grams, etc. As a result, the darker a cacao bar is the healthier it is.
|Sugar||24g (56% of serving)||2g (6% of serving)|
|Potassium||4% of RDA||6% of RDA|
|Iron||8% of RDA||6% of RDA|
|RDA = Recommended Daily Allowance|
The healthiest, least-processed cacao bar is made right outside of Boston in Somerville, Massachusetts by Taza Chocolate. Their organic Wicked Dark bar is made from stone-ground cacao beans which preserves all the healthy properties of the cacao.
While there are more and more companies jumping on the dark chocolate bandwagon, most make their bars with cocoa, not cacao. In addition, most do not participate in fair-trade practices which help to ensure fair labor practices as well. One has to look harder to get a truly healthy chocolate bar based on cacao that is sourced through fair trade. We believe Taza Chocloate's Wicked Dark bar is the best because each serving is:
- 95% cacao dark chocolate
- made "bean-to-bar" from the healthier cacao, not cocoa
- least-processed, stone-ground cacao
- less than 10% of the sugar in a Hershey bar serving
- 8 grams of fiber which is almost 1/3 of your RDA
- pareve (Kosher)
- direct-trade certified ensuring fairness to the Central-American cacao growers
- not bitter and really really tasty!
Health-conscious, ethical producers emphasizing sustainability and fair labor practices like Taza Chocolate and Alter-Eco (for those that would like a 100% cacao bar with zero grams of sugar) offer the opportunity to enjoy chocolate in a manner that is not only healthy, but beneficial to everyone involved in the production of it.
If you're skeptical about eating chocolate for your health, check out this WebMD article on the benefits of consuming cacao-based chocolate.
You can order their Wicked Dark bars diretly from Taza's Web site or you can use their product locator page to find it at a retailer near you. If you're in the Boston area you can tour the Taza Chocolate factory and visit their factory store.