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Raw Dark Chocolate, can our ingredients stand up to the paleo critics?

Answered on September 12, 2014
Created July 23, 2013 at 3:12 PM

I have edited this so as not to come off as self promoting.

I work for a raw vegan chocolate company. We make 81% raw dark Chocolate with 5 ingredients.

  • 81% Raw Cacao
  • Raw Cacao Butter
  • Raw Coconut sugar
  • Wild craft Vanilla Bean
  • Himalayan Sea Salt

All organic, no soy, gluten, dairy

How does this stand up as the occasional paleo indulgencce compared to other brands of dark chocolate. Love to here your feedback and veiws on the benefits/downsides of the contents of our chocolate

B5141236ad924674a96803ee1ccccaf1

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on July 25, 2013
at 02:43 PM

thx varelse, thhq wild harvest means picked from the wild rather than farmed

B5141236ad924674a96803ee1ccccaf1

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on July 25, 2013
at 02:42 PM

haha the cacao and vanilla are wild harvest, no factory farms

B5141236ad924674a96803ee1ccccaf1

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on July 25, 2013
at 02:41 PM

great, but why!?

B5141236ad924674a96803ee1ccccaf1

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on July 25, 2013
at 02:40 PM

i took a link off so as to avoid any self promoting claims. i asked to here things about the rawness of cocosugar or the mineral content of pink sea salt. I asked because i want to know more about the ingredients.

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on July 24, 2013
at 04:51 PM

This is somewhat self-promoting, but there's no link and it is someone who has previously asked and answered questions here. Ease up, haters and promo-police.

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on July 24, 2013
at 04:43 PM

http://www.tropicalsweet.com/Valuation.html Here's the company I saw that sells it that is sun dried (don't remember which one that I found that doesn't sun-dry but doesn't exceed such temps). I honestly don't know if it does or not, for three reasons: I don't much care about raw vs cooked, I haven't used coconut sugar because it is not readily available where I live and it's expensive to order online, and for sustainability concerns.

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on July 24, 2013
at 02:38 PM

I've heard this before. There is a difference between Himalayan salt -- which is pure an mined. And Himalayan sea salt which may have trace amounts. Still these amounts are not going to vice you heavy metal toxicity. Personally I have both Celtic Sea Salt and Himalayan salt in my pantry. I use Celtic for most things, but I love cooking on my slab of Himalayan salt.

3ce6a0d24be025e2f2af534545bdd1d7

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on July 24, 2013
at 02:26 PM

interesting. I'm surprised that they could get it hot enough. Does it change the chemical components of the sugar?

61f9349ad28e3c42d1cec58ba4825a7d

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on July 24, 2013
at 01:54 PM

I've seen coconut sugar that (according to manufacturer anyway) is processed at temperatures no higher than drying it in the sun in a tropical location where coconuts actually grow. It takes longer and requires more room to spread it out thinly, but they may be telling the truth.

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on July 24, 2013
at 01:54 PM

I know, what I wrote sounds kind of nutty, right? I just have this new naturopath who is really concerned about heavy metal toxicity. And he told me to switch. I'm not sure which exact mineral in salt would be a concern to him, but dude's a lot smarter than I am, so I switched.

3ce6a0d24be025e2f2af534545bdd1d7

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on July 24, 2013
at 01:09 PM

I think that is going a bit too far. Any natural product is going to be inconsistent --- it is the manufacturing process that creates consistency. For example, would you rather a grass-fed burger where the fat and protein content are inconsistent? or a McDonald's burger where everything is very consistent? -- Also this is about an indulgence, not a dietary staple.

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on July 24, 2013
at 11:53 AM

Wild craft vanilla bean? I don't know what it is but I feel like I must have one.

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on July 24, 2013
at 05:08 AM

This...this sounds terrible...you make no mention if it's Free run, or cage free...is it injected with hormones or antibiotics!

What kind of monsters are you people!

???Himalayan Sea Salt? You....you just wait until PETA finds out...ohhhhh...

Truth.

B5141236ad924674a96803ee1ccccaf1

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on July 25, 2013
at 02:42 PM

haha the cacao and vanilla are wild harvest, no factory farms

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F92e4ca55291c3f3096a3d4d3d854986

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on July 24, 2013
at 10:54 AM

I have been told to stop eating himalayan salt because the mineral content is inconsistent and unpredictable - like there might be a big vein of one mineral that ends up in your particular jar. Does that make any sense? I was told to use Celtic sea salt instead.

F92e4ca55291c3f3096a3d4d3d854986

(11698)

on July 24, 2013
at 01:54 PM

I know, what I wrote sounds kind of nutty, right? I just have this new naturopath who is really concerned about heavy metal toxicity. And he told me to switch. I'm not sure which exact mineral in salt would be a concern to him, but dude's a lot smarter than I am, so I switched.

3ce6a0d24be025e2f2af534545bdd1d7

(26217)

on July 24, 2013
at 02:38 PM

I've heard this before. There is a difference between Himalayan salt -- which is pure an mined. And Himalayan sea salt which may have trace amounts. Still these amounts are not going to vice you heavy metal toxicity. Personally I have both Celtic Sea Salt and Himalayan salt in my pantry. I use Celtic for most things, but I love cooking on my slab of Himalayan salt.

3ce6a0d24be025e2f2af534545bdd1d7

(26217)

on July 24, 2013
at 01:09 PM

I think that is going a bit too far. Any natural product is going to be inconsistent --- it is the manufacturing process that creates consistency. For example, would you rather a grass-fed burger where the fat and protein content are inconsistent? or a McDonald's burger where everything is very consistent? -- Also this is about an indulgence, not a dietary staple.

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3ce6a0d24be025e2f2af534545bdd1d7

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on July 24, 2013
at 01:08 PM

This fails for me because you said you use "RAW Coconut Sugar" -- Care to explain how a process that requires heat (turning sap into toddy) classifies as raw?

61f9349ad28e3c42d1cec58ba4825a7d

(10480)

on July 24, 2013
at 04:43 PM

http://www.tropicalsweet.com/Valuation.html Here's the company I saw that sells it that is sun dried (don't remember which one that I found that doesn't sun-dry but doesn't exceed such temps). I honestly don't know if it does or not, for three reasons: I don't much care about raw vs cooked, I haven't used coconut sugar because it is not readily available where I live and it's expensive to order online, and for sustainability concerns.

3ce6a0d24be025e2f2af534545bdd1d7

(26217)

on July 24, 2013
at 02:26 PM

interesting. I'm surprised that they could get it hot enough. Does it change the chemical components of the sugar?

61f9349ad28e3c42d1cec58ba4825a7d

(10480)

on July 24, 2013
at 01:54 PM

I've seen coconut sugar that (according to manufacturer anyway) is processed at temperatures no higher than drying it in the sun in a tropical location where coconuts actually grow. It takes longer and requires more room to spread it out thinly, but they may be telling the truth.

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on July 24, 2013
at 01:18 PM

I know you said you were not self promoting, but I can't see anything else going on here. Most Paleoists check lables very carefully to begin with and you seem to know something about the Paleo diet, so why would you need to ask how it stands up on Paleohacks!!??!! The fact that you have no links to your product saves you, but I'm pretty sure you were hoping for some to ask where to find it.

Plus... what everyone else said!!

B5141236ad924674a96803ee1ccccaf1

(485)

on July 25, 2013
at 02:40 PM

i took a link off so as to avoid any self promoting claims. i asked to here things about the rawness of cocosugar or the mineral content of pink sea salt. I asked because i want to know more about the ingredients.

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on July 24, 2013
at 07:14 AM

That's horrible!

B5141236ad924674a96803ee1ccccaf1

(485)

on July 25, 2013
at 02:41 PM

great, but why!?

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