As the saying goes, everything is good in moderation. But if you’re  going to eat chocolate, make it a slab of the raw organic stuff! Not only is it free from excessive sugars and dairy products, but there are also many great health claims to its raw goodness – not to mention that you are likely to be supporting local business enterprises.

Raw Chocolate is Pretty Healthy Stuff

The first time I tasted raw chocolate, I couldn’t believe how delicious it was – my body practically sung with joy! – And when I found out it was actually good for me I almost couldn’t believe my ears. Indeed, I felt energised afterwards, a huge contrast to the dissatisfaction and cravings that follow a bar of chocolate from your average supermarket.

Everyone agrees fresh is best and in fact the closer a food is to its natural state, the more packed with essential nutrients, minerals and vitamins it is sure to be, making it easier on our bodies as well as aiding our good health. While there is still some dispute regarding the benefits of opting for a diet comprising solely of raw food, by  adding a larger percentage of raw ingredients and produce to your diet we are doing ourselves plenty of good.

Processed Chocolate is not so Healthy

Unfortunately in today’s society, most of the foods available have been processed and are no longer in their whole, raw state. By tampering with food to make it last longer (adding chemical preservatives, heating at high temperatures or putting through a process of hydrogenation) we are lowering its healthy qualities and could in fact be putting ourselves at risk!

Luckily, recent trends have seen a demand for foods from more reliable sources; localised, small-scale businesses like community farms and artisans. By accepting that food does indeed have an expiry date we can make better choices when it comes to what we put into our bodies. A large-scale, industrial approach to our eating needs to become a thing of the past.

Raw Chocolate is a Superfood

And where better to start than with everyone’s favourite treat? While cocoa beans are known to contain high amounts of super amazing anti-oxidants, your average chocolate bar is processed to a point that renders it unhealthy. Though dark chocolate may be better, by eating the raw version you are assured not only of its raw cocoa goodness, stacks of magnesium and an awesome mood boost, but also that you are keeping yourself free from that extra dairy and sugar.

Although raw chocolate costs a bit more than the supermarket stuff, it’s deliciously rich flavour will mean you’ll need to gobble less! So go for super foods and not for supermarket foods.


Aloha! I'm Carien. I live in South Africa in an area called the Swartland (Black Land). I live on a small holding (Homestead) and I am a full time house wife with one husband (yes, only one), one son, one dog, a few sheep and plenty of chickens. Living as natural as possible is a passion of mine. Inclined to a mostly organic vegetarian diet I tend to post healthy food recipes, green tips and information on natural and organic and natural living.


  1. Joan Aronowitz

    Dear Rachel

    I read your article with interest but could not see you cover any benefits of raw chocolate. You draw some conclusions about the benefits of eating raw food but nothing much about chocolate. One of the world’s top Ayurvedic Doctors, Dr Mishra has given 25 very impelling reasons why raw food is not healthy. In fact the top medicine in the world Maharishi Amrit Kalash which removes a wider range of free radicles from the body than any other product is cooked for many hours. This puts paid to the theory that raw food is the best for detoxifying the body. In fact for some people raw food can be dangerous. It has certain qualities, airy and spacey, and contains dangerous chemicals and could create toxins through in-digestibility etc. I am still curious to know of the benefits of raw chocolate. Ripe fruit is ‘cooked’ by the sun but even fruit is sometimes improved in the cooking such as apples. Our digestive process is one of fire transforming the food. Correct cooking simply pre-digests the food. Ayurveda is the oldest healing system in the world and very accurate when taken from its ancient and correct sources. Regards, Joan

    • Carien

      Hi Joan

      What we are trying to convey in this post is that raw, organic chocolate is a much healthier option than your store bought, processed, sugar, dairy and chemical filled counterparts.

      And it actually has benefits when taken in moderation.

      People have different view points on the raw and cooked food debate, we believe that the more raw food you can add to your diet, the better. God certainly didn’t make mistakes when creating food for us, and, in nature, vegetables and fruits are found raw. Here’s some more information on why raw foods are more nutritious

      Have a lovely weekend.