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.